According to McGregor, the future for independent operators is bright “because they are more involved within the communities they serve; they are committed to giving local shoppers the goods and services they want; and they are committed to supporting local activities.” McGregor started his grocery career in 1957, when he went to work for his father, who owned a single store in the Spokane, Wash., area. When his father sold that store in 1960 and bought a motel with a ...

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