“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 in Bates Mill No. 5 is part of what develops a local and regional destination at the heart of Maine’s second largest metro area. This development provides healthy food accessibility and education in an area where it is most needed.

We understand providing technical training and business development assistance to aspiring independent grocers are a high priority and central to establishing a sustainable regional food system. Grow L+A’s partnership with Mark and the Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative is inspiring, practical, and helps our communities thrive.”