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USDA Issues Report On Independent Grocery Stores

on November 29, 2017 - 5:53am
USDA News:
Independent grocery stores are food retail establishments whose owners operate fewer than four outlets simultaneously. These stores captured 11 percent of all U.S. grocery sales in 2015, according to Independent Grocery Stores in the Changing Landscape of the U.S. Food Retail Industry, a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).
Independent grocery stores generated $70 billion in sales in 2015. These stores help ensure food access in areas that may not be served by chain grocery stores, including rural counties and counties with a high percentage of low-income households. They also provide employment opportunities and generate tax revenue for these areas.
This study examines the performance of independent stores and changes in their performance over 2005-15, particularly in relation to chain stores. The findings in this study lay the groundwork for future research on the economic impacts of independent grocery stores.
For more findings and additional information, please view the report.