Rick Gowell, Gowell’s Store, Inc., Litchfield

By Valerie Geredien on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in No Comments

“The Cooperative opens doors in many areas that will result in growth opportunities. The Cooperative puts me in touch with people who want to resolve important issues facing our industry, particularly those associated with purchasing, financial planning, expansion and exit strategies.”


Stephen Phair, Buddies IGA, Oakland

By Valerie Geredien on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in No Comments

“I see this Cooperative as the future of independents. Working closely with them to identify areas of need and possibilities for growth in sales and profit. And developing the independent into better trainers and good business people. Planning their future around cutting edge strategies, strengthening

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Ron Picard, Friends and Family Market, Ellsworth Falls

By Valerie Geredien on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in No Comments

“This Cooperative is in its infancy with tremendous potential to help retailers become more viable. I am excited to be part of it and look forward to where it will take us. Working through the Cooperative we are able to reach out to wholesalers as

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Nate Rudy, Executive Director, Waterville Creates!

By Valerie Geredien on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in No Comments

“The Cooperative is Maine and New England’s best opportunity to create a functioning, farm-to-family food system that will address food security, stabilize capital in the agriculture sector, and offer jobs and investment opportunities for the region’s farmers, value-added food craftspeople, distributors, and independent grocery store

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Daniel Wallace, Program Developer, Sustainable Agriculture, CEI

By Valerie Geredien on Friday, November 7th, 2014 in No Comments

“In 2011, CEI began a specialty lending program called the Healthy Food Finance Initiative, supporting Maine’s independent grocers and making connections to Maine’s food producers. Mark Sprackland and the Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative quickly became key go-to resources. Mark brings significant sector expertise to

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Peter Flanders | Grow L+A Board President

By Mark Sprackland on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 in No Comments

“Mark Sprackland and the Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative bring over 35 years of experience and leadership in the grocery industry to the shared vision with Grow L+A. The synergy between a Grocery Marketplace, Learning Center, food hub, and medically integrated health and wellness center

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Alan White, President, The Island Employee Cooperative

By Mark Sprackland on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 in No Comments

“The Island Employee Cooperative has benefitted tremendously by working with and being a member of the Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative. Mark Sprackland’s decades of experience in the grocery industry gave us the confidence to know we could take a leap of faith and buy

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