51. Stew Leonardís
What makes it so great?
Razzle-dazzle small grocery chain (fourth store opens this year) keeps employees happy with profit-sharing, 100% coverage of health insurance premiums, and opportunity (88% of managers started out at the bottom).

Headquarters: Norwalk, Conn.
Top 3 (of 7) U.S. locations: Norwalk, Danbury , Yonkers
2005 revenue ($ millions): 309
U.S. employees 1,899
Employees outside U.S. 0
New jobs (1 year) 52
% job growth (1 year) 5
% voluntary turnover 7
Applicants 6,120
Most common job (salaried):
Store Manager
$60,870
Most common job (hourly):
Production Assistant
$31,033
Job sharing program? No
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 52
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage Yes
% minorities 53%
% women 45%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 issue
Notes:
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2005 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of salaried and hourly employees.