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Southwestern Ontario Grocery Stores Turn Local

On July 03, a group of five Southwestern Ontario formerly Sobey’s grocery stores became independent.  This is an reversal of trends and leaves me wondering if we are going to see more of this sort of downsizing and localizing as our economy falters and people start thinking more communally again.

“Dale Kropf calls it Independence Day: On July 3, his five grocery stores in southwestern Ontario ceased to be Sobeys franchises.

Corporate policies prevented him from buying local products, he says, so he joined forces with four other former Sobeys franchisees and formed the independent Hometown Grocers Co-Op.

“We feel that local food, local presence is huge in our market and we wanted to take advantage of that,” Kropf says.

For the full story, click here.

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