A story in the print and online editions of The Commercial Appeal today (also on this site) trumpets the story of a new small business owner in the Cooper-Young community in Midtown Memphis. The proprietor, Kevin Park, bought and renovated the Midtown Market and aims to offer fresh produce, locally grown items and wholesome fare at his store.
Looks like he’s part of a growing (forgive the intentional pun) trend.
For proof, check out Diana Ransom’s latest piece over at Entrepreneur.com.
Here’s a tease:
Call it a retail revival.
After getting crushed by big-box stores during the 1980s and 1990s, mom-and-pop shops are enjoying something of a rebirth among U.S. consumers.
Thanks to a little thing called the internet and the ubiquity of computing devices, consumers don’t have to settle for more commoditized versions of their groceries, clothing or housewares. Between the corner coffee shop selling its dark roast across the U.S. and cheesemongers detailing the delights of Rogue River Blue to out-of-state shoppers, consumers can access the neighborhood store even if they move.
“Being online gives shops the opportunity to reach the world rather than just the tourist trade and local shoppers,” says Marshal Cohen, a retail analyst at the Port Washington, N.Y., market researcher NPD Group. “Mom-and-pops have reached out and are using online in a real way that works.”
To continue reading, visit: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225604