It also signals a significant divide between the ethnic markets and the chain stores, where one does not really intrude on the other's territory. For instance, Bravo Supermarkets, a White Plains, NY-based cooperative run by Krasdale Foods, acts in the NYC metro area as a traditional supermarket with significant ethnic offerings in ethnic neighborhoods. At least in the Tampa area, Bravo's stores are larger (as they are less densely located), but much less of a general supermarket. And while in the NYC Metro area, you can be assured that the vast majority of independently-owned supermarkets are a member or customer of a major cooperative (Krasdale, Key Food, ASG, Allegiance, Retail Grocers/General Trading), in Florida, only Krasdale uses this format. With only two stores in the region, IGA has no significant presence in the greater Tampa market.
|Overview of the Tampa area.|
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We'll start with a tour of a Bravo on Wednesday, August 29th, so come back and check that out!