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Localism Index

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, August 5, 2012
Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Writer and researchers Stacy Mitchell says independent businesses are making a comeback, and she has the facts to prove it.

The picture here offers some surprisingly good news on the local business front. Like did you know ...


  • Since 2002, there have been about 3,300 new Starbucks but close to 5,000 independent coffee shops?
  • And that in 2009, there were 177 new chain pharmacies that opened ... but more than 2.5 times as many independent pharmacies!

We were, of course, thrilled to read this report. Attached is a PDF of Mitchell's Localism Index.

Mitchell is a senior researcher with the New Rules Project and the author of
Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses.



  • About LocalShops1
  • LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses. To join our coalition please go to


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