New NGA research could open eyes about community dependence on jobs and tax revenues of independent grocers.
The best of the nation’s independent grocers are known to be nimble, innovative and able to keep share away from larger chain competitors.
Now for the first time, the National Grocers Association (NGA) can quantify the economic impact of the channel it represents. With these figures, NGA can tell a more meaningful story about the importance of independent retailers who survive despite tight economies and a proliferation of food merchants. A new study conducted for NGA by John Dunham and Associates provides key metrics on store counts, sales, jobs, wages and taxes.
For example, the study shows:
The Lempert Report believes this kind of data further suggests the grassroots support that exists for independents and the symbiotic community ties they have in their trading areas. Consumers often prefer to shop at locally owned businesses rather than distantly headquartered chains to help keep the fabric of their communities intact, keep cash flowing nearby and protect jobs. This NGA study, in our view, documents the benefits of such unity.