28 Jun 2016


Earlier this year, 50 participants took part in a meeting that highlighted
common challenges that many rural grocers face and discovered opportunities that may help them become more successful business operators. Approximately 25 of those participants were rural grocers from around the state.

One of the struggles evident from the Jan. 14 Rural Grocers’ Meeting was that grocers have a difficult time trying to find updates on regulations pertaining to their business. They also have a desire to learn more about other stores’ marketing successes and best-business practices.

To assist them, a taskforce was comprised of 12 entities including grocery store operators and technical assistance providers. The taskforce, named the North Dakota Rural Grocery Initiative (NDRGI), is working to:

  • Write and distribute press releases
  • Meet with interested groups and participate in radio interviews to help spread the word about the NDRGI
  • Compile a comprehensive list of rural grocery stores in the state
  • Work on developing ways for you to learn about the different facets of your business.

The NDRGI has also created this newsletter to serve as a pertinent source of information for you and your business.

For detailed information about the North Dakota Rural Grocery Initiative and its efforts, please visit the website Click the Rural Development tab to find links to videos from the North Dakota Rural Grocers’ Meeting, the survey results and survey instrument, and more.

Click Here to Learn More about the North Dakota Rural Grocers Initiative.