Who We Are

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Also represented are affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers, as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA's Mission and Philosophy.

NGA Mission

To ensure independent, community-focused retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs and services.

NGA Philosophy

To promote diversity in the marketplace through a vibrant independent sector, and thereby increase consumer choice in price, variety, quality, service and value.

Staff Board of Directors 2017 Annual Report

What is an Independent Supermarket?

An independent supermarket is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. Most independent operators are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Some independents are publicly traded, but with controlling shares held by the family and others are employee owned. Independents are the true “entrepreneurs” of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates, and communities.

The Economic Impact of the Independent Supermarket Industry

The independent supermarket channel is an important part of America's economy. According to the NGA Economic Impact Study, independent supermarket operators are accountable for close to one percent of the nation's overall economy and responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes.

NGA Foundation



  The NGA Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of NGA which provides independent retailers with the tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees.

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Featured Event

2018 Independent Impact Summit

Independent Impact Summit at NGA Fall Leadership Meetings

October 24-26, 2018
Washington, D.C.

Join other thought leaders in the independent supermarket industry to discuss emerging issues and participate in B2B meetings during Trading Partners Live!

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Grocers in the Community

Doc's Country Mart Celebrates Bixby Grand Re-Opening


Doc’s Country Mart is celebrated a Re-Grand Opening of their Bixby store located at 15028 South Memorial Drive on July 11, 2018.

Originally opened in 1946 Roy T. Doc and Betty Brown, The Packing House Market was located at 10 West Dawes. Although the grocery store changed names several times through the years, most everyone continued to call the store “Doc’s”.

The Re-Grand Opening celebrates a total renovation of the inside and outside of the store. As a part of the renovation the store received new coolers, flooring, new lighting, and signage with cutting edge convenience and even a Sushi bar. Outside the building received a facelift, including new signage.

Country Mart: “Always a part of the community, our customers have kept us growing for over 72 years. We are proud to be able to give back a beautiful “shopping friendly” store that our community and everyone can enjoy for years to come”.

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