press release

November 20, 2015

Media Contact:
Samantha Krepps
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Carlisle, PA – Progressive Grocer, a leading retail food industry trade publication, has recognized five GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets associates among its 2015 Top Women in Grocery.

Now in its ninth year, the Top Women in Grocery honors outstanding female leaders within the retailer and supplier community sectors in the categories of senior-level executives, rising stars and store managers.

Those GIANT/MARTIN’S associates honored in the rising stars category at Progressive Grocer’s gala celebration on Nov. 12 in Orlando, FL included:

  • Joyce Golden, manager, district human resources
  • Phyllis Smith, specialist, front end

Store managers recognized at the gala celebration included:

  • Sherry Beitler, store manager, GIANT at 4320 N. 5th St. Highway, Temple
  • Donna Lonsinger, store manager, MARTIN’S at 1000 Logan Blvd., Altoona
  • Jeanine Wolczyk, store manager GIANT at 70 S. Locust St., Hazleton

“Congratulations Joyce, Phyllis, Sherry, Donna and Jeanine for this outstanding honor,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “Our associates are the foundation of our business and it’s their ongoing leadership and dedication to the industry that drive our success in helping our customers save time, save money and eat well every time they shop with us.”

As the voice of the retail food industry for 90 years, Progressive Grocer’s core audience targets top management at headquarters and key decision makers at store-level from chain supermarkets, to regional and local independent grocers, supercenters, wholesaler distributors, manufacturers and other supply chain training partners.


GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to helping its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.