RETAIL TRADE: The Independents

In a suburb of Chicago last week, Grocer Marty Garofalo grossed $25,000 in his bustling, up-to-date supermarket. That was quite a way up from the $200-a-week business he was doing in a neighborhood store four years ago. The difference: Garofalo had become one of the 5,300 members of the Independent Grocers Alliance, a chain of owner-operated stores that, next to the A. & P., is the world's biggest food-retailing organization.

Last week the chain's President Donald Robert Grimes, 47, announced plans to grow much bigger. By 1963, he hopes to have 10,000 store...

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