The New York Association of Grocery Stores, NYAGS is a coalition of local New York City grocers fighting to stay alive as special interests and big chains continue to encroach on the businesses our families have maintained for decades. We have formed NYAGS, New York Association of Grocery Stores in order to stop the assault against grocery stores as well as the food service industry all over New York by the Mayor and other government officials. NYAGS will play a substantial role in being the lead advocacy group in redefining how the city treats our retail establishments throughout NYC. NYAGS will promote unity and financial stability to small business throughout NYC.

“The city continues in its quest of becoming a nanny state in regulating every aspect of the lives of the citizens of New York City and in the process, crushing small business” said David Schwartz. “NYAGS will vigorously protect business throughout New York from over reaching and unnecessary regulatory measures. NYAGS will help unite the fight against the recently announced Big Soda Ban by the NYC Board of Health”, said Brad Gerstman.

As Wal-mart continues their push to enter the New York City market and liquor stores continue to block the entrance of wine into grocery stores, we’re fighting to stay in business during these tough economic times. With only 2000 liquor stores in New York State why do their businesses need to be protected while ours do not?

The initial issues to be taken on by NYAGS are:

  • Fight back against the ‘Nanny-State” and stop Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban
  • Enable wine to be sold in Grocery stores
  • Pass legislation to preclude the unconstitutional ticketing of trucks delivering to grocery stores
  • Fight for the prospect that all tobacco products must be sold in brick and mortar NY stores and not Indian reservations, internet and black market.
  • Restore fairness in taxation of cigarettes, cigars, tobacco products and motor fuel
  • Fight against all legislation and regulation that mandates what your customers can and cannot eat
  • Any regulation of tobacco should be done by the FDA and not New York State
  • Fight the Wal-Mart entry into the NYC marketplace
  • Fight against tax credits which favor new supermarkets that enter the NYC market where the employees are non-union and put the existing stores at a disadvantage

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The 13,000 New York City Bodegas and their independent beer distributor suppliers are constantly being threatened because of discriminatory pricing and predatory market behavior by some of New York State’s franchised wholesalers. A.7857/S.5758 (the price posting bill) would create a government protected price differential for New York City’s independent beer wholesalers, insuring equity among all of the players in the distribution system.

During the press conference, we also be highlighted our coalition’s opposition to the merger between Manhattan Beer and Phoenix Beehive. This merger underscores all of the serious points raised in the Bodega Association Report and it also seriously threatens the New York State Beer Market as a whole.

Here’s video from our City Hall press conference on this very important issue:

 

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Daily News: Planned merger of city’s two largest beer distributors could threaten thousands of minority-owned bodegas

A merger of Manhattan Beer Distributors and Phoenix Beehive Beverage Distributors would create one massive company capable of imposing a chokehold on the city’s beer market. Bodegas sell 60% to 70% of all the beer in New York.

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Opinion: Fresh Direct & NYC: A Not So Wonderful Life

During this holiday season, we at NYAGS hope New Yorkers and especially the ESD will consider the importance of traditional small business in New York City. That’s why we’ve put together the following tale based on Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”

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NY Observer: Bodegas: A Tax on Plastic Bags is Ineffective and Harmful

From the New York Observer by Ramon Murphy and NYAGS’ Brad Gerstman: The City Council is once again proposing a regulation, Intro 209, that will make it more difficult for city retailers to successfully do business. This time, it’s a 10 cent tax on all plastic bags, with the stated goal of getting New Yorkers […]

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Empire State Development Announces Public Hearing on Fresh Direct Relocation Plan

There is no real way of knowing how this project will ultimately affect the community and environment around it. NYAGS stands in opposition to ESD’s plan in order to protect the interests of New York’s brick and mortar grocers.

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