Davis IGA is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Kent.

Siblings Gary Davis, Marie Roze and Audrey Davis, the store owners, said they look forward to Sunday, June 1 when they'll greet customers while celebrating this milestone with a special event.

"It has truly been our family honor to be a part of the town of Kent," said Gary Davis.

The community is invited Sunday to a cookout, featuring hot dogs and hamburgers, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kent Green Boulevard.

Festivities will also include music, a 1970s trivia contest, food demonstrations, a raffle to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project with prizes and the Paradice Classic Cruiser Car Club show.

In addition, special grocery prices will be offered throughout the week.

The family-run business is a longstanding supporter of many town events and programs, from the Chamber of Commerce's Kent Pumpkin Run to the Kent Firemen's Ball and the Kent Food Bank.

As the largest retail employer in Kent, Davis IGA is proud of its staff.

"They're not just friendly, they're warm and welcoming," said Scott Zuckerman, a customer for 35 years. "The Davises are competitive in terms of pricing. They're just great people and it's a great place to shop."

Recently, the store was recognized by IGA and received the 5 Star Excellence Award for the eighth straight year.

"We have such a wonderful loyal crew," said Maria Roze. "From produce to the deli, aisle to aisle and register to register, they are at the heart of what makes our IGA `Home Town Proud.' "

"We were kids when our dad, Charlie, founded Davis IGA," said Audrey Davis. "We have literally grown up in this store."

"There have been many changes along the way," she said.

During the past few years, there has been a quiet renovation, including remodeling and redecorating, increased product lines and wider selections of local, organic, ethnic and prepared foods.

A new refrigeration system was installed in an effort to be more energy efficient, as well as other initiatives, like the tote bag giveaway, to be environmentally conscious.

"I keep going back to Davis because it's like going to visit family," said Joanne Taylor. "If you can't find something, they'll take you to it.

"They're selective in what they offer, carrying good quality foods," she added. "And the meat department rivals any other. It and the deli are very high quality."

Among other new developments at the store has been the creation of the store website www.davisiga.com, and the customer loyalty program.

"We look forward to many more years of meeting the town's grocery store needs," Gary Davis said.