Carteret, NJ --
ShopRite of Carteret Produce Manager James Corcoran is a finalist in this year’s Retail Produce Manager Awards, which recognizes the top retail produce managers in the country.
Sponsored by the California-based United Fresh Produce Association, the awards program highlights commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service and customer satisfaction.
Corcoran, a longtime ShopRite associate, is tops in all those categories, according to ShopRite.
“Jay Corcoran is a phenomenal employee and a good team leader who takes pride in his work. When we walk the store each day, Jay’s produce department always shines,” said Jonathan D’Orsi, vice president of operations for the ShopRite of Carteret, a third-generation family business.
“Our family is very proud of James,” added ShopRite of Carteret President Leonard Sitar. “This is a great accomplishment and a testament to his hard work and dedication to our store and the community.”
Corcoran was just 16 when he took his first job at the ShopRite of Carteret corralling shopping carts in the parking lot. The Port Reading resident later became a clerk in the produce department before being promoted to manager of the department. He has worked at the store for 37 years.
He knows his customers and the community, often working with local food pantries to make donations of fresh food and produce. His innovative Produce displays drive customers to the department and make it easy for them to find the great produce they want and need.
Corcoran will travel to Chicago in June for a special awards ceremony hosted by the United Fresh Produce Association.
He lives in Port Reading with his wife, Annette, and sons Ryan and Matthew.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $39 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com