WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Roche Bros. has been named winner of Westborough's first Great Corporate Citizenship Award honoring businesses dedicated to the community.
"I think it's very important that we recognize the businesses and residents that make Westborough what it is," Selectman Tim Dodd said.
"I think [Roche Bros.] is a great first recipient for this business award."
Rich Broderick, store manager for the Westborough location, accepted the award on behalf of the company at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting. Broderick said Roche Bros. takes pride in supporting the community.
"We really try to support any community we're in, in any one of our stores," said Broderick, who's been with Roche Bros. for 27 years. "Westborough has been good to Roche Bros., so we really like to return the favor and be part of the community as much as we can."
The award is an initiative put forth by Westborough's Economic Development Committee. Chairman Lester Hensley said the award will be presented to a local business quarterly, and that Roche Bros. is a "perfect candidate" for the first award.
"As we've done the outreach and reached out to Roche Bros. in the past, we wanted to take it a step further and give them some public recognition for what they do," Hensley said.
The selectmen pointed to the company's willingness to participate in town events and help during emergency situations, "consistently volunteering" and providing refreshments. Roche Bros. also partners with community organizations to offer space for fundraising.
"[Roche Bros.] is a great partner, it's a fun place," Selectman George Barrette said, noting the company's help with the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving dinner.
Roche Bros., which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, is headquartered in Wellesley, Mass. It opened a Westborough location in 2007.
The award reads: "Through the sponsorship of numerous community groups, events and donations to the town's emergency services, Roche Bros. provides quality services above and beyond what is expected of a community business."
"It's always been instilled in us that we help anyone, whether it's donations, helping the flat tire in the parking lot, the old lady, the pregnant woman," Broderick said. "It's all about helping people."