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Retail HICKMAN’S IGA At Home in the Heartland For more than half-a-century, Hickman’s IGA has been an independent grocer that small Missouri towns have come to rely on, and it maintains its market presence by staying a step ahead of its competition. ounded in 1959, Hickman’s IGA is a Missouri chain of family owned, independent grocery stores that is carrying on the traditions of small-town grocers in the face of an ever-more-competitive marketplace. Headquartered in Mexico, Mo., the six-store company is just as proud of its focus on community as it was when it began operations 53 years ago. Hickman’s IGA is part of the Independent Grocers Alliance, an organization founded in 1926 that helps independent grocers in the United States to remain strong despite growing competition. Hickman’s IGA is part of an IGA network of 5,000 independent grocers worldwide, as there are IGA stores in 46 states and more than 30 countries. Among the benefits IGA provides to member stores is access to exclusive brands. IGA offers a num- F Jim Hickman Mexico, Mo. ber of branded products, ranging from ice cream and cheese to juice and sugar. Hickman’s IGA has been part of the alliance since it opened, and it joined a group of 50 Champaign, Ill.-based IGA stores several years ago to help enhance its buying power. “Being a part of IGA helps us to focus on our communities so we can offer more and give back,” President Jim Hickman says. Nothing But the Best Being the best-possible grocery store is how Hickman’s IGA remains competitive in its small town environments. In addition to its Mexico flagship, the company has stores in Bowling Green, Paris, Perry, Vandalia and Winfield. “Our stores face pretty typical competition, as Walmart is within reach of all of our locations,” 54 November/December 2012

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Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012
Sports Licensing Show
Wine & Food Festival
Brand Licensing Europe
Category Insight
Cover Story
Affinity Consultants
United States Olympic Committee
Pacific Cycle Inc.
Foot Locker Inc.
Nationwide Vision
Belle Foods
Campioni Enterprises
Gilligan Oil
Hickman’s Iga
Liquor Stores N.A.
Ken’s Superfair Foods and Food Fair
Navy Exchange Service Command
New & Notable

Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012