J. Frank Grimes “saw that there needed to be some kind of program for the independent family-owned businesses."
J. Frank Grimes believed in entrepreneurialism in the grocery industry — but that doesn’t mean he believed that independent store owners needed to stand alone. The founder of IGA had a vision for a national network of independently owned stores that could compete with the large, fast-growing chains of the time, and he succeeded in creating it. As Thomas Haggai, the former longtime chief executive officer of IGA, pointed out, however, Grimes was not out to defeat the chains ...
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