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We are an association of merchants and trade partners united to promote the sustainable growth of our industry through the Educational, Economic and Public Policy needs of our members.

We are an association of merchants and trade partners united to promote the sustainable growth of our industry through the Educational, Economic and Public Policy needs of our members. Today, VRGA represents approximately 800 Vermont retail stores and 250 suppliers to the industry, including members of the Vermont Specialty Food AssociationVermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores and the Vermont Petroleum Association.

VRGA is the leading voice in the legislature representing our members when it comes to proposed changes in laws surrounding sales of alcohol, employment regulations, taxation, bottle redemption, sugar tax and much more. We work hard to keep our members informed about the broad range of proposed changes to ensure that new laws aren’t created that would negatively impact them, or advocate for new laws that would help their business grow.

Vermont's most successful retail and grocery industry businesses, from small shops to stores employing hundreds, belong to VRGA. Why” The answer is simple: strength in numbers. By uniting for mutual benefit, members enjoy a uniquely powerful presence in Montpelier.  In addition, VRGA's size allows it to negotiate especially favorable terms for business insurance, credit card processing, shipping, and more.  Such deep discounts allow many members to not only recoup the cost of membership but, achieve substantial savings as well. Join us!

 

Be informed. Be engaged. Be a part of something bigger.

"The money-saving benefits-insurance, card processing, etc.-are all great. But we appreciate especially being part of the larger retail community, with its shared experience and expertise. That kind of asset is hard to put a value on."

Mark Bouchette, Homeport, Burlington VT

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