Independent Grocers Alliance

Experience the Difference of Local.

What is IGA?

The Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) was founded in 1926 to bring family owned, local grocery stores together under the IGA brand. Nearly a century later, the support of a nationally known brand is still giving IGA grocers the ability to better compete, while at the same time, allowing them to stay true to who they are—hometown store owners in a position to meet the needs of their unique communities. Today, communities  across the U.S. are being served by second, third and even fourth generation local IGA grocers.

Why is Shopping Local Important?

A Stronger Local Economy

Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (The American Independent Business Alliance says almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer).

A Healthier Environment

Independent, community-serving businesses typically consume less land, carry more locally made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.

Giving Back to Your Community

Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits and community organizations compared to big businesses.

Largest Independent Grocery Chain in the World

At IGA, we know that shopping local is about all that and more. It’s about friendly service from people you know and trust. It’s about local products at the peak of freshness that you feel good about eating and feeding your family. And it’s about supporting the friends, neighbors and family farmers who work day in and day out to bring you the best your community has to offer.

Where is IGA?

With access to fresh, local food and supporting local businesses more important than ever before, IGA is growing throughout the US and around the world.

IGA Global Map

2019 IGA USA International Retailer of the Year

Each year, IGA bestows the IGA International Retailer of the Year Award on an elite group of IGA retailers who, based on IGA’s globally applied standards, are delivering the best grocery shopping experience the world has to offer.


2019 IGA USA Hometown Proud Award Winners

Around the nation IGA store owners work dayin and dayout to serve their communities with the kind of personalized service and attention to detail that only comes from a locally owned IGA store.

Each year, IGA likes to acknowledge a select few who go above and beyond as IGA Hometown Proud Retailers—a standout group in the running for IGA’s highest award, IGA International Retailer of the Year.

Each of these IGA Hometown Proud award winners will be honored at our annual IGA Awards of Excellence Ceremony in San Diego this coming February, where one of them will take home the additional title of Retailer of the Year!

Laura Malisani

Laura Malisani

Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods IGA
Havre, Montana

Serviced by: SUPERVALU - Billings

Mack McLamb

Mack McLamb

Carlie C's IGA
Dunn, North Carolina

Serviced by: Merchants Distributors, LLC


Kevin & Rose Schild

Schild's IGA
Grafton, Ohio

Serviced by: Laurel Grocery Company


Jim Shook

Lake Region IGA
Hawley, Pennsylvania

Serviced by: Bozzuto's Inc.