How independent is an independent operator who chooses to license his store name and format from either Save-A-Lot or IGA? According to some of those licensed operators, there is sufficient flexibility in both to make sure their sense of entrepreneurship doesn't suffer. “Being part of IGA is like being in business for myself but not by myself,” Bob Buonomano, owner of Bob's Windham IGA, Willimantic, Conn., told SN. “I couldn't do what I do alone, and I wouldn't want to.” Given his ...

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