Progressive Grocer Independent

JUN 2016

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June 2016 | Defining the Independent Market | 9 resulting concept uses some tech- niques and methods that the family had used in its previous stores, as well as other best practices that the team saw in cities around the United States that Dash embellished or adapted to work in its own stores. "When we saw something we liked, we asked, 'How do we improve it?'" Mahoney says. For example, the artistically stacked produce was "I had an idea of creating that neighborhood environment under one roof, with a butcher shop, seafood, a bakery," Dash says. "I wanted all these little mini markets under one roof. And I wanted to be a quality purveyor and have a unique variety." To create the ultimate market, Dash and his team, including Mark Mahoney, VP/GM, traveled around the country for inspiration. Te a technique that the Dash team frst saw in a Chicago Whole Foods Market. Others in the industry said the stacking method, while attrac- tive, would never last, as it was too labor-intensive. Fourteen years later, DASH'S AT THE TOP John Mills, East Amherst store manager; Mark Mahoney, VP/GM; Joe Dash Sr., owner and CEO; and Joe Dash Jr., director of e-commerce.

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