R.I. independent grocers capitalize in wake of Stop & Shop strike

NEW ARRIVALS: Jack Siravo, center, owner of Belmont Market in South Kingstown, with his managers, Brian McConnell, left, and Thomas Lake. Siravo says a lot of new customers arrived at his store during the labor dispute that shuttered many Stop & Shop supermarkets for more than a week in April. The independent grocer has seen an increase in sustained new sales since the strike ended. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
NEW ARRIVALS: Jack Siravo, center, owner of Belmont Market in South Kingstown, with his managers, Brian McConnell, left, and Thomas Lake. Siravo says a lot of new customers arrived at his store during the labor dispute that shuttered many Stop & Shop supermarkets for more than a week in April. The independent grocer has seen an increase in sustained new sales since the strike ended. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The disruptive strike that hit Stop & Shop, Rhode Island’s largest grocery chain, for more than a week in April is still being felt in the cozy aisles of Belmont Market in South Kingstown and at other independent grocers across the state. At Belmont, a homey, intimate market where products are displayed on wooden fruit…

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