Geraldton’s much loved and newly renovated Wonthella Supa IGA has cleaned up at the IGA State awards night.
Wonthella received three department awards for meat, grocery and customer service and managed to take out the top prize of Store of Year, making them the best Supa IGA in the state. Manager Leanne Merendino was also celebrated, receiving the ‘Rising Star’ Award.
‘It’s fantastic for the team out there to be recognised for all their hard work,’ said Operations Manager Stuart Bain. ‘They were up against the best from around WA. Leanne has such a passion for her store and serving her customers and this is reflected in her whole team.’
Wonthella Supa IGA was reopened in 1974 by the Rigter family. Long time manager Eileen Jones became a favourite with the locals, before she passed the baton over to Leanne in 2011. It underwent a complete transformation last year with staff working overtime to create the new look you see today.
2016 marks the first year that a RegionalSupa IGA has won the award. The management crew head to Queensland in July where they will be in the running for the best store in the nation.