Hey there, Intentional Shopper, Mom and Pop markets appreciate you. Those giant “thank you for your patronage” signs as you leave aren’t just eye candy.
Independents (owner-operated groceries with fewer than four locations) have had a tough time of it. They pay more for grocery items than the big guys, they have very little advertising budget, and the products that used to be their niche (bulk herbs, Dr. Bronner's, British jellies) are now available pretty much everywhere. So if you love your local independent grocer, how can you help? Here's how.