Food City wins award on selling alcohol responsibly

BRISTOL, Va. - Cashiers at a local grocery store were awarded Friday for their efforts in keeping alcohol out of the wrong hands.

Food City on Euclid Avenue in Bristol, Virginia accepted the TIPS award Friday morning.

TIPS stands for Training Intervention Procedures. We learned Food City has educated more than 22,000 employees in selling alcohol responsibly and legally with the TIPS program since 1994.

But cashier training doesn't end after orientation. "They must complete a three-hour course before they can ever run a register. Then it continues on to monthly interventions, monthly education, and team meetings that we have with our folks to reinforce the importance of the responsibility that they have," said Food City CEO Steve Smith.

Local law enforcement officers attended the ceremony in support of Food City's efforts to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

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