Produce manager Jim Liolios and Foodworks store manager John Learmonth with the Queensland Retailer of the Year Award.
Produce manager Jim Liolios and Foodworks store manager John Learmonth with the Queensland Retailer of the Year Award. Mike Knott

Foodworks recognised as Qld's best

SEVEN years after John Learmonth revamped his food store at what used to be known as Olsen's Corner in Barolin St, the new-look outlet has been recognised as the top Foodworks store in the state.

Mr Learmonth said at the group's recent awards the store was named the top retailer for Queensland, the top fresh produce store and the top destination store.

"The awards are based on performance and presentation. Foodworks has inspectors round every few months to check on the stores and the awards are based on their reports."

He said with 450 Foodworks stores in Queensland he was very pleased with the recognition.

Mr Learmonth is the third generation of his family to be involved in the retailing business.

"We've been in the business since 1935 when my grandparents started out in a little corner store," he said.

"They had a little store in Targo St, and when they moved out to what became known as Olsen's Corner everybody said they would fail because it was too far out of town," he said.

Foodworks came to Queensland seven years ago and his store was the first major one in the state with their banner.



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