James Wilmott of Phillipsburg Wins the 2009 ShopRite Best Bagger Contest

Keasbey, NJ; October 15, 2009 –ShopRite announced today that James Wilmott has been awarded the coveted title of 2009 ShopRite Best Bagger, Wilmott of the ShopRite of Greenwich in Greenwich Township, NJ, will represent New Jersey at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Final Competition in Las Vegas on February 9, 2010. The winner of the NGA competition will receive a $2,000 prize and the esteemed title of 2009 National Best Bagger.

Now in its 21st year, the annual Best Bagger contest is a highly competitive national competition that pits supermarket cashiers against their peers for a chance to compete in the National Grocers Association finals.

Best Bagger contestants from ShopRite stores across the tri-state area gathered together for some friendly competition on Tuesday, October 6 for the Annual ShopRite Best Bagger Contest. Taking their posts in ShopRite of Brookdale’s checkout lanes, seventeen contestants furiously, but carefully, bagged a set of identical products to approximate a typical supermarket purchase. These seventeen finalists were chosen following a preliminary “bag off” held by owners of participating ShopRite stores. Judges evaluated the contestants according to the National Grocers Association (NGA) criteria which included speed, proper bag building technique, distribution of weight between bags and style-attitude-appearance.

“James is a terrific member of our team here at ShopRite,” said Joe Colalillo, owner of the ShopRite of Greenwich. “We are very proud to have him represent our store – and our state – in this prestigious competition.”

Wilmott has worked at the ShopRite of Greenwich for 1½ years and is a senior at Phillpsburg High School. James plans to attend Warren County Community College and will major in Writing. He will continue working at ShopRite while attending college.

When asked what advice he might give to a fledgling cashier or bagger, James replied, “Be patient, personable and even keeled.” Sounds like winning advice!