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Rural Grocery Initiative

Rural grocery challenges and best practices

Rural Grocery Challenge One - Competition with Chain Grocery Stores (PDF)

Challenge One discusses competition with "big box" chain grocery stores. If you are a grocer and have any additional "best practices" that we do not address, please post them using our rural grocers' forum.

Rural Grocery Challenge Two - Coping with the High Costs of Energy (PDF)

Challenge Two discusses dealing with the high costs of energy. If you are a grocer and have any additional "best practices" that we do not address, please post them using our rural grocers' forum.

Rural Grocery Challenge Three - Meeting Minimum Buying Requirements (PDF)

Challenge Three discusses the issue of the minumum buying requirments that food distributors are placing on rural grocery stores. If you are a grocer and have any additional "best practices" that we do not address, please post them using our rural grocers' forum.

Rural Grocery Challenge Four - Dealing with Labor Issues (PDF)

Challege Four discusses the challege of finding quality labor in a rural community. If you are a grocer and have any additional "best practices" that we do not address, please post them using our rural grocers' forum.

Rural Grocery Challenge Five - Dealing with Community Support (PDF)

Challenge Five discusses the lack of community support that rural grocery stores face. For studies about the value of shopping locally, please see the following articles:

Rural Grocery Challenge Six - Models of Ownership (PDF)

Challenge Six discusses different models of ownership for rural grocery stores. For related articles and different types of store ownership, please see the following: