Digital Products and Services: Bad-Adz

By Susan Brown on Friday, April 26th, 2019 in No Comments

IRSSC is excited to be working with Bad-Adz, a trustworthy and reliable resource for your customers. Bad-Adz Digital emails drive customers to your website, where they can view your weekly sales and more. The goal is to increase basket size and create a more diverse

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Need for Local USDA Processing Facility

By Susan Brown on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 in No Comments

Maine grocers and livestock farmers need a new centrally located, USDA processing facility to provide meat slaughtering and packaging that benefit local farmers, consumers and businesses. Until such a facility is built and operational, Maine livestock farmers are unable to have their animals efficiently slaughtered

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Plant Something! Plant Maine

By Susan Brown on Monday, August 27th, 2018 in No Comments

Shaping the Long-Term Market Demand for Maine’s Nursery and Landscape Industry Marketing to Maine Consumers The Independent Garden Centers of Maine (IGCME), a marketing group within the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association (MELNA), started with a handful of independent garden centers cooperating with one another

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Gowell’s Shop’n Save

By sstrickland on Friday, November 17th, 2017 in No Comments

Congratulations to Rick and Bobbie Gowell on your one-year anniversary. Your passion and dedication to your community, staff, the independent grocer industry, and business partners are the elements that resulted in undeniable success. Gowell’s Shop’n Save is a key driver for long-term economic development of

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

By sstrickland on Sunday, January 31st, 2016 in No Comments

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. Read more about this by going to

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Augusta conference tracks conversion of business to worker-owned cooperative

By sstrickland on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 in No Comments

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 more about this by going to:  

Island Employee Cooperative Receives CEI’s Sustaining Community Award

By sstrickland on Monday, April 13th, 2015 in No Comments

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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By Mark Sprackland on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 in No Comments

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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