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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2017

In Jersey City, a Policy Fosters Local Independent Businesses — and Gets Pushback from CVS

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-jersey-city-a-policy-fosters-local-independent-businesses-and-draws-cvss-ire/

In downtown Jersey City, a familiar story is playing out: Independent business owners have helped foster neighborhood growth, and now, chain stores are interested in sweeping in with their own locations. What’s different in Jersey City is that the city has taken proactive steps to check this common cycle, and instead, build a model that allows for more opportunity for local entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2003

Consumer Reports Gives Top Ranking to Independent Pharmacies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/consumer-reports-gives-top-ranking-independent-pharmacies/

An article in the October 2003 issue of Consumer Reports opens with the following recommendation: "If you’re among the 47 percent of Americans who get medicine from drugstore giants such as CVS, Eckerd, and Rite Aid, here’s a prescription: Try shopping somewhere else. The best place to start looking is one of the 25,000 independent pharmacies that are making a comeback throughout the U.S." The article highlights the results of a year-long survey of more than 32,000 readers about their drugstore experiences. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2001

Independent Pharmacies On The Rebound

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/independent-pharmacies-rebound/

After more than a decade of decline, independent pharmacies are beginning to make a comeback. Last year, 244 new independent pharmacies opened, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). By comparison, the top three pharmacy chains had a combined increase of 234 stores last year. Walgreens posted a net gain of 344 new stores, CVS was up 35 stores, and Rite Aid had a net loss of 145 stores. The increase in independent pharmacies is a sharp turnaround from the last decade. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2001

Hudson Valley Communities Fight CVS

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/hudson-valley-communities-fight-cvs/

A firestorm of protest has swept the Hudson River region of New York in response to CVS’s plans to open stores in nearly a dozen village centers. Having saturated strip malls and highways, chain drugstores in recent years have focused increasingly on Main Street locations. In the Hudson region, CVS has cut deals to lease sites formerly occupied by grocery stores in several village centers. Ten of the sites were Grand Union outlets, a regional grocery chain that recently filed for bankruptcy. Continue reading