Shelter Island IGA is a "Hometown Proud" supermarket. That means we're deeply committed to being more than just a great grocery store. It means we strive every day to make a difference in our community.
As a member of Independent Grocer's Alliance, a worldwide network of family oriented retailers, we share in the belief that "a good grocery store isn't a sprawling, impersonal example of cookie cutter commerce, but a community hub.
IGA was founded in 1926 by Frank Grimes, a Chicago accountant who specialized in auditing the books of wholesale grocers. His goal was to develop a network of independent grocers to compete with the burgeoning chains. Along with five associates -- Gene Flack, Louis Groebe, W. K. Hunter, H. V. Swenson and William Thompson -- Grimes developed IGA's strategy to capitalize on the strengths of chain stores while creating opportunities for individuals to own and operate an independent business.
Today, IGA is the world's largest voluntary supermarket network, with a presence in 45 countries.