When you picture yourself behind the counter — your counter — or stocking shelves at a convenience store, market or deli, you’re picturing the American Dream. However, the reality for business owners today can be less idyllic. Competing with larger supermarkets and corporate chain establishments on prices can affect your bottom line and how you want to do business. This is all compounded by the difficulty of finding the competent help that will adequately represent the business you’ve worked so hard to build.
Those convenience stores, markets, and delis that succeed and stand the test of time are more than local businesses; they are local institutions and the men and women that own them become important figures in the community.