Two groups representing retailers and grocers in Montpelier are now one.
The Vermont Retail Association and the Vermont Grocers Association merged at the beginning of the month. The group will now be a single organization, providing info and advocacy for retail-related issues at the Statehouse. Now called the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association, the group says it will have an even more powerful voice in Montpelier on issues like sales tax, employment and business regulations.
"Drug stores aren't drug stores anymore; they sell groceries. Grocery stores aren't grocery stores; they sell other nonfood items... The lines of retail continue to blur," said Jim Harrison, the president of the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association. "There are a lot of pluses for doing this together. And the bottom line is we were very similar; we were duplicating some efforts."
So, what are the trends in Vermont retail? We'll talk more about that with Jim Harrison this Sunday at 11 a.m. on "You Can Quote Me."