West Bloomfield, MI (September 21, 2016) — Did you know that the Food industry directly supports 198,000 full and part-time jobs along with an additional 75,000 indirect jobs? The food industry also contributes a gross total of $24.8 billion to Michigan’s economy through its direct sales, indirect economic impact on other industries and employment. These are among the many reasons Governor Rick Snyder is declaring September 26th – 30th Food Retailers Week.
In the proclamation the Governor stated “…the food retailer industry is comprised of grocers, specialty food markets, convenience stores and pharmacies along with many other business providing access to food at retail in their communities; and, … business in the food retail industry contribute nearly $900 million in state and local taxes and local governments…”
MIRA (Midwest Independent Retailers Association) represents thousands of food retailers in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and other Midwest states.
“Food retailers of all shapes and sizes contribute significantly to Michigan’s economic well-being and we are excited that Governor Snyder is recognizing that by declaring the last week of September Food Retailers Week”, said Auday Arabo, President and CEO of the MIRA. “Not only do our food retailers play a substantial economic role they also provide convenient access to an essential necessity: quality food and I think that is a pretty important point that gets easily taken for granted,” Arabo said.
Everyone in Michigan is invited to view the official proclamation at MIRAonline.org
“Whether they are your chain store, food specialty shop, local convenience store or gas station this proclamation is a sign of our State’s thanks for being a critical role in our communities and our economy,” Arabo concluded.
As the “Voice for the food, beverage and petroleum industry” since 1910, MIRA is a multi-state trade association representing thousands of retailers operating in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and surrounding states. Our members include independent supermarkets, convenience stores, petroleum retailers, service stations, and specialty food markets. Our membership also includes wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers who support the retail industry.
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