We help independent retailers become more vibrant and resilient business partners.

The Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative originated with a group of New England based independent grocery retailers who believed collaboration with other independents to pursue new business opportunities would lead to improved sales and profitability.

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    Congratulations to Rick and Bobbi Gowell,owners of Gowell’s Store on Richmond Road, Litchfield Maine.   Rick and Bobbi Gowell, owners of  Gowell’s Store, are members of the Independent Retailers Shared Service Cooperative. http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/11/08/litchfield-to-be-home-of-a-new-grocery-store/

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    Ayer, Massachusetts, Shop ’n Save Recently Opened, Creates 60 New Jobs

    Ayer, Massachusetts, Shop ’n Save recently opened, creating 60 new jobs for the community. The store replaces what used to be Hannaford. The Ayer Shop’n Save is partnering with local farmers and joined the IRSSC last year… More Here http://www.theshelbyreport.com/2015/12/31/ayer-shop-n-save-opens-with-help-from-hannaford-and-irssc-and-more/

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    Augusta conference tracks conversion of business to worker-owned cooperative

    We have a number of stores now that really want to pursue that model,” said Mark Sprackland, executive director of Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative… “This model’s built for sustainability.” Read the full article here.

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    Island Employee Cooperative Receives CEI’s Sustaining Community Award

    In recognition of its tremendous accomplishments in fostering a sustainable society, the Island Employee Cooperative was presented CEI’s Sustaining Community Award at the organization’s annual meeting on March 10.  At the annual meeting, CEI also recognized key partners in the project: Mark Sprackland of the

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    Bates Mill Five-2-Farm

    The Bates Mill Five-2-Farm project in Lewiston Auburn is an important opportunity for Maine’s food business and economy. The Independent Retailers Cooperative is working with Grow L + A leadership to transform a relic of Lewiston’s industrial past to a modern hub of agriculture and technology.

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    Last year the Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative initiated a worker cooperative buyout alternative as a succession plan for a rural grocery complex in Stonington, Maine. The Cooperative’s leadership and management  are saving jobs, empowering employees as entrepreneurs and providing an important model for the

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