Hart’s brings local food to downtown Rochester, N.Y.

Hart’s brings local food to downtown Rochester, N.Y.

“We don’t talk about competition because we’re not trying to compete. This isn’t a race to the lowest common denominator ever. We offer something that other larger chains can’t offer.” —DALE SPARKS, Hart’s Local Grocers

Local food may be all the rage these days, but Hart’s Local Grocers in Rochester, N.Y., is taking the trend to the next level.

The percentage of local products storewide is in the double digits, according to general manager Dean Sparks.

“We’re a small footprint, as compared to bigger chains, and so we’re able to bring in smaller vendors that are working with maybe two or three farmers’ markets in the area or they’re selling [products] off their farm, that kind of thing,” s

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