We help independent businesses become vibrant and resilient partners.

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

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  • Plant Something Maine Spring 2024

    The “Plant Something” project is a nationwide program that encourages gardening to promote a sustainable environment, healthy exercise, and support for your local economy. The Maine Landscape and Nursery Association (MELNA) created the Plant Something Maine program in 2016, and since then there has been a substantial increase

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  • Union Maine’s 250th Anniversary

    The IRSSC will be supporting this momentous occasion! Union Maine’s official website: Sestercentennial Committee (Union’s 250th Anniversary) – Union, ME (maine.gov) The IRSSC will be promoting local producers and businesses as well as the educational work that ReTreeUS is doing … all in support of this

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  • New England Food System Planners Partnership

    New England Food System Planners Partnership The IRSSC will be supporting The New England Food System Planners Partnership, which is comprised of about six statewide organizations. These include Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund/Vermont Farm to Plate, Maine Food Strategy, New Hampshire Food Alliance, Massachusetts Food System

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  • The Common Market Winter 2024 Promotion

    Here is the promotion for customers of The Common Market in Union, Maine. The offer is for a shopper to spend $75 in the store and receive a free package of Green Meadow Farm meat—and for every free package given away, the store will donate

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  • Buy-Local Loyalty Program for Fundraising

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  • PepsiCo Support

    The IRSSC and ReTreeUS are grateful for the support that the PepsiCo Corp is providing. This promotional opportunity is being offered only to Maine independent grocery stores. This year (2023) participating stores are donating $200 each. Independent retail supermarkets and the wholesalers that supply them

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  • IRSSC 2022-2023 Impact Summary

    Independent Retailer Shared Services Cooperative continued to work with various food businesses (often 7 days a week) to navigate many challenges with respect to food security. We measure our joint successes and collaborations by the number of jobs supported and employees impacted by our work,

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  • Gowell’s in Greene: Grand Opening

    The IRSSC congratulates Rick Gowell’s family and staff on the grand opening of their beautiful new store in Greene, Maine. Their staff has been working extremely hard, especially during these challenging times. The pandemic and other global issues are impacting the entire food supply chain,

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  • Buy-Local Loyalty Program

    The Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative (IRSSC) created our BUY-LOCAL Loyalty Program to help lower costs for consumers while also ensuring farmers are paid fairly for their hard work. The IRSSC created this program in response to the worldwide challenges created by Covid and reduced

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  • The Common Market and Green Meadow Farm

    Grass-fed Beef, Pasture Raised Pork & Poultry right here in Union, Maine! The Common Market is excited to be working with Green Meadow Farm, which is situated on 180 acres in Union, Maine. Did you know… — Grass-fed beef contains up to six times more

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