Magnuson Nelson selected as one of Top Women in Grocery

Hugo's Family Marketplace announced that Kristi Magnuson Nelson, president of Hugo's, has been selected as one of Progressive Grocer Magazine's Top Women in Grocery for 2016.

Hugo's Family Marketplace in Grand Forks, N.D.

Hugo’s Family Marketplace announced that Kristi Magnuson Nelson, president of Hugo’s, has been selected as one of Progressive Grocer Magazine’s Top Women in Grocery for 2016.

Progressive Grocer Magazine recognizes women in the grocery industry each year, this being their 10th year of selecting recipients of the Top Women in Grocery award. Progressive Grocer Magazine defines the top women in grocery as dedicated professionals who routinely transcend the limits of what’s expected, both at work and in the wider world of their industry peers and community. Top Women are also creative, resourceful, assertive and inspirational in their leadership, generous with their time and expertise and unequivocally passionate about what they do.

Progressive Grocer Magazine cites Magnuson Nelson’s leadership through the remodeling of five of Hugo’s 10 stores in the last year, specifically noting the expansion of the natural foods sections and expanded deli departments. Progressive Grocer Magazine also recognized Hugo’s successful partnership with Altru Health System in launching the Healthy Living program.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” Magnuson Nelson said. “I am fortunate to be surrounded by amazingly talented, caring and ambitious women and men working in our stores every day who all contribute to our success.”

In 2014, Magnuson Nelson was awarded the National Grocer’s Association Spirit of America Award, and she received the North Dakota Grocer of the Year Award in 2015. Magnuson Nelson was selected as one of Prairie Business Magazine’s Top Women in Business recently.


Magnuson Nelson is active with the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as past chair of the board of directors. She also serves on the board of directors for the local Prairie Harvest Foundation, the North Dakota Grocers Association, Minnesota Grocers Association and the National Grocers Association. She also supports the local United Way, University of North Dakota, North Dakota Museum of Art and several other organizations in the communities Hugo’s serve.

Magnuson Nelson and her husband, Bob, live in Grand Forks.

Kristi Magnuson Nelson

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