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Inside Save A Lot's Fresh Encounter

Family-owned independent Fresh Encounter, which took over 51 corporate Save A Lot stores in Florida, unveiled a $7 million renovation this month.

Retailers

Independent Grocers Account for 1.1M Jobs: NGA Study

The association examines community supermarkets’ impact on the nation’s economy across jobs, wages and taxes.

When the pandemic forced businesses to rethink operations or delay plans for expansion, Ezaddin Alshami and business partner Faizal Surti formed National Gourmet Market and opened not one but two markets in food deserts in the Richmond, Va., area.

With costs going up across the board, retailers have no choice but to get over any fear they may have of passing along price increases to consumers, Krasdale Foods President Gus Lebiak says.

Matt Garner, CEO of ShopHero, says the sale of the e-commerce provider to logistics firm Dot Foods solidifies its commitment to its retail partners and sets the stage for future innovation.

The trade associations new tag line, “At the Heart of the Community,” emphasizes the importance of independent community grocers to their markets as drivers of the economy and supporters of local families.

In a letter to the president, trade association President and CEO Greg Ferrara calls for fixes to the unemployment insurance program to encourage people to find jobs as the grocery industry struggles to fill open positions.

Contest honors and recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs in the independent grocery industry. Winners to be recognized at NGA Show in September.

The association aims to help smaller grocers navigate the hurdles they have faced in setting the program up by providing information, tips and instructions in one convenient place.

The family-owned Colorado independent crosses the country to double its size and further diversify as Save A Lot's wholesale transition quietly continues.

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