Meghann Wicks, store manager at Fry’s Food Stores in Gilbert, has been recognized as one of 2021’s “Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer magazine, a national food retailer publication.
Wicks, a Mesa resident, is one of three Fry’s leaders locally to receive the national award recognizing women in grocery who display exceptional achievements both in and out of the office. She will be honored at the Progressive Grocer awards gala this November in Orlando, Florida, according to a release.
Wicks was promoted in September 2020 after demonstrating innovation and dedication that resulted in exemplary financial achievements within the company. During an unexpected and unprecedented time this past year, she continued to rally behind her team and worked in collaboration with them to push through and deliver a great shopping experience to customers, the release states.
“It’s an absolute privilege to lead my team each day,” says Wicks. “Yes, we sell groceries, but we are essentially a people business and I love to watch our team’s hard work pay off. Being recognized with this award affirms that I can be authentic in my leadership style which, for me, is focused on teamwork, perseverance and empathy. I am honored to represent my fantastic team, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, and the increasing recognition of women’s leadership.”
Wicks’ passion for people and team is something she prides herself on and she continues to support and lead her associates through mentorship, training and coaching as she helps them reach their career and advancement goals.
“Meghann is a valued and dedicated Fry’s associate and deserving of this national recognition,” said Monica Garnes, president of Fry’s Food Stores. “She is a true testament to the Fry’s culture, a dedicated leader who shows up for her team daily and inspires them to be innovative thinkers and leaders. We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments.”