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Joanne Walker receives the International Store Manager award at the FMI (Food Marketing Institute) Store Manager Awards during the Future Leaders Summit in Louisville, Kentucky

Joanne Walker receives the International Store Manager award at the FMI (Food Marketing Institute) Store Manager Awards during the Future Leaders Summit in Louisville, Kentucky

Joanne Walker

Joanne Walker

Joanne Walker receives the International Store Manager award at the FMI (Food Marketing Institute) Store Manager Awards during the Future Leaders Summit in Louisville, Kentucky

Newtownards store manager Joanne Walker has brought home an international accolade from the Future Leaders Summit in the United States.

Joanne, who is manager of a Eurospar store in Carrowdore, was the first finalist from Northern Ireland to make the shortlist for the FMI Store Manager Awards which took place in Kentucky.

The awards celebrate outstanding managers who generate sales growth, effectively communicate company and store goals and objectives, demonstrate team leadership, provide exceptional customer service and improve community relations.

Joanne said: "The past two years have been such a learning experience for me, overseeing a multi-million revamp of our Eurospar supermarket and managing my fantastic team through it all.

"Being over in Louisville for the Future Leaders Summit is a huge opportunity. I have been surrounded by leaders who are as passionate about retail as I am; I can't wait to bring back all my learnings to the team at home."

Mark McCammond, retail director at Henderson Group, owners of the Eurospar franchise in Northern Ireland, said: "On behalf of the whole group, I'd like to send huge congratulations to Joanne."

Joanne was presented with a crystal award and $1,000 for her win.

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