Country Fair Named One of America’s Best by Forbes

Posted: September 10, 2019 8:52 pm


ERIE, PA – One of Erie’s home-grown businesses has been named to Americas Best Mid-Size Employers—2019, by Forbes.

Forbes-2019-Best-Mid-Size-EmployersCountry Fair, founded in Erie in 1965, and still headquartered here, was selected based on an independent survey of more than 50,000 employees in 25 different industries working for companies of at least 1,000 people.

According to Paul Rankin, Vice President of Retail Marketing, “We’re pleased to provide a workplace that people value. This award is especially gratifying to our executive team because both Forbes and Statista, which conducts the survey, provide a unique forum where employer influence is impossible. The associates they interviewed truly spoke from their hearts about working for Country Fair.”

Rankin added, “We encourage our staff to give excellent customer service to Every Customer Every Time. In turn, we do our best to provide them with an atmosphere where they can learn and grow. We also offer some unique cultural events each year, including inviting everyone to our annual trade show to meet face to face with our vendor partners. We reward associates who exemplify excellent customer service by inviting them to a two-day annual picnic, to ensure everyone gets to enjoy a paid day off together.”

Country Fair works to give back to the community in both big and small ways, through youth sports sponsorships, major non-profit sponsorships, over 65,000 pounds of food donations to Second Harvest Food Bank, and its newest program—Country Fair Cares—which supports five local charities at a time with proceeds from designated charity pumps and Coffee Days at all Erie County Country Fair locations. Thus far, the company has raised over $80,000, which will be split evenly among the current five charities: The ANNA Shelter, Crime Victim Center, Emma’s Footprints, Meals on Wheels—Erie, and ServErie, in the fall.

Country Fair employs over 1,100 people in Pennsylvania at its 59 stores, with more working in western New York and eastern Ohio.

Details about Forbes Best Employers and the list of finalists in all categories are available here: The award is presented by Forbes, a global media, branding, and technology company, and Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data. For more information about Country Fair, visit

Steve Seymour, Director of Personnel
Country Fair, Inc.
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