To ensure independent, community-focused retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs and services.
To promote diversity in the marketplace through a vibrant independent sector, and thereby increase consumer choice in price, variety, quality, service and value.
Independent community grocers are critical to the strength and vitality of the people they serve. By advocating for the growth and continuing innovation of these local independent business leaders, we help bring choice, convenience and value to hard-working Americans, and ensure ongoing economic advancement and prosperity for our country. It is our core belief that independent community grocers bring strength and vitality to the markets they serve.
Independent Community Grocer Definition
Independent community grocers are the true entrepreneurs of the grocery industry, passionately committed to their customers, their associates and the markets they serve. Privately owned by families, or by employees, these retailers operate a variety of retail formats, and while most are serviced by wholesale distributors, others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Independents differentiate in the marketplace based on the needs of the local community, while showing a strong commitment to civic life and providing their neighbors quality goods and nourishing foods.
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.
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.Learn More