Gerrity’s Fresh Grocer Celebrates Employee Appreciation Week The essential heroes at Gerrity’s The Fresh Grocer and Gerrity’s Ace Hardware will be getting some well-deserved recognition for their hard work. FMI (Food Marketing Institute), the food industry association has created a national initiative to thank the country’s supermarket workers, and Gerrity’s is joining the party. Wednesday, February 22, will be Supermarket Employee Day – a time for the food industry and the community to recognize employees at every level for the work they do, feeding families and enriching lives. Gerrity’s will be including their Ace hardware team as well. At Gerrity’s, “Mom” has some special surprises for her 1,300 team members, including a catered lunch on Friday, February 24th and a 20% discount on their weekly grocery order. However, the most important component of the celebration is the effort to spread public awareness. “We try to show our appreciation to our team every day, but our main goal for this event is to make sure that everyone knows the critical role these everyday heroes play in our community,” said Joyce “Mom” Fasula, President of Gerrity’s. Supermarkets are arguably the center of their respective communities, touching every life around them. Across the country, millions of supermarket employees go to work every day, keeping shelves stocked and providing essential nutrition and services that help communities survive and thrive. This is especially true during periods of crisis. In the face of natural disasters – hurricanes, blizzards, fires, and floods – supermarket employees keep their towns and cities going. When COVID-19 shut the rest of the world down, supermarkets and hardware stores stayed open. “It has been an extraordinarily challenging few years. Our team, and all grocery workers, have worked extremely hard. They have earned an extra pat on the back,” said Fasula. All ten Gerrity’s Fresh Grocer locations and four Gerrity’s Ace locations will get the word out with signs, in-store announcements and social media posts throughout the week. Gerrity’s is a family-owned supermarket business that began in 1895 as a small meat market. Today, the company is the largest family-owned supermarket business in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is led by Joe Fasula and his mom, Joyce Fasula, known to customers as “Mom.” The company includes ten supermarkets and four hardware stores in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Northampton counties and currently employs over 1,300 associates.