The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association has recognized the late Paul Landry, owner of Landry’s Shop ‘n Save in Old Orchard Beach, as the honoree of the MGFPA 2022 Impact Award.
This award is presented annually to a member who exemplifies excellence in the industry. The winner is chosen by meeting specific criteria including contributions to MGFPA’s advocacy mission, community service, business excellence through providing a positive workplace, increase in overall sales and supporting the industry through legislative or educational activities.
In addition, the annual award winner demonstrates a commitment to cultivating opportunities for other Maine businesses to grow.
The 2022 Impact Award pays tribute to Landry, who demonstrated many of the qualities and characteristics of the award criteria. Landry, who also owned Landry’s Cascade Plaza, passed in May. He is remembered for “elevating those around him and always wanting to give others the opportunity for success.” The store and his legacy continue in his community.
In 1989, Landry purchased Landry’s Quick Stop in Greene. He found a passion in the industry and in 2012, he purchased Radley’s store and renovated it into what is now known as Landry’s Shop ‘n Save Supermarket. He set his sights on expanding the grocery store and doubled its size, adding a deli, a prepared foods section and a beer cave in 2016.
“Many of his dreams and ideas succeeded through perseverance and hard work,” said Paul Rousseau, his lifelong friend. “Through it all, he never lost sight of his family and friends. He was a true people person.”
Rick Gowell, MGFPA board member and colleague, remembers Landry as having a great sense of humor. He also said that Landry had earned a great deal of respect from his peers. His tenacity, paired with a caring personality, made him a hero within his town and personal circle.
The Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association is a nonprofit composed of independent grocery stores and supermarkets, food and beverage producers and manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and associated service businesses.