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Rocky Mount restaurant tops franchise list
ShowBo Awards honor Bojangles’ on Market Place Drive
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Courtesy Photo: Nancy Valentino, unit director of the Bojangles’ in Rocky Mount, was awarded $10,000 for earning first-place honors in the ShowBo Awards. Above with Valentino are David Arrington and Deborah Russell with Arrington Enterprises.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Bojangles' at 30 Market Place Drive in Rocky Mount won first place in the company's ShowBo Awards, after undergoing a meticulous evaluation process based on customer satisfaction, food quality and overall experience.

For earning first-place honors, Nancy Valentino, unit director of the Bojangles' in Rocky Mount, was awarded $10,000.

Valentino is a five-time ShowBo finalist, earning a top three spot for the past three years, and has been with Bojangles' franchise group Arrington Enterprises for 14 years.

In addition to the Rocky Mount restaurant, the Bojangles' at 49 Lakewatch Center Drive in Moneta, also operated by Arrington Enterprises, was awarded third place, and Unit Director Glenda Hall earned a cash prize of $5,000. Hall is a four-time ShowBo finalist and has been with Arrington Enterprises for seven years.

"We are so excited and proud of our employees and staff," said Deborah Russell, senior vice president of Arrington Enterprises. "It takes team work and dedication to be a ShowBo finalist."

"All three of our stores (including the Bojangles' at Plateau Plaza) have placed in the top 10 for three years in a row," she added. "They make us look good. Our employees work really hard and it shows in our stores."

Each year Bojangles' conducts an extensive evaluation of its more than 350 franchise-operated restaurants to determine the winners of the franchise ShowBo Awards. The assessment for this year's awards included two rounds of unannounced inspections conducted by a team of two judges at both the lunch and dinner hours. Each judge awarded points to restaurants based on a rigorous set of operating standards, and results for each team were combined for overall scores. 

"At Bojangles', recognizing and celebrating our hard working team members is an important, long-standing tradition," said Bojangles' President and CEO Clifton Rutledge. "It is our team members in the restaurants that fire up the ovens each day at 4 a.m., serve our Southern menu items fresh from morning to night and ensure our high standards of customer service are upheld."

"Our annual ShowBo evaluation is a rigorous process, and we are proud to honor Nancy Valentino and the entire team in Rocky Mount for scoring the highest and to reward them for their accomplishment," Rutledge added.  

Second place was awarded to a Bojangles' in Jefferson City, Tenn., operated by franchise group Boj of Western North Carolina. The restaurant's Unit Director Melissa Naysmith earned a $7,500 cash prize.  

Along with the unit directors of the top three Bojangles' receiving a cash prize, all first-time ShowBo finalists receive a one-of-a-kind ShowBo ring containing four rubies. When unit directors who are previous ShowBo finalists are selected again as finalists, their rubies are replaced with diamonds.

Unit directors named finalists for this year's ShowBo awards included Susie VanSteen of Boj of Western North Carolina from Seneca, S.C.; Letty Kembrell of Boj of Western North Carolina from Landrum, S.C.; Georgia Smith of New Generation Foods, LLC from Florence, Ala.; Lolita Garcia of Kick 'n Chicken, LLC from Nashville, Tenn.; Pat Moran of Arrington Enterprises from Rocky Mount, Va.; Laura Eban of Randolph Restaurant Group from Wytheville, Va., and Tina Burton of Boj of Western North Carolina from Greeneville, Tenn.

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