National Supermarket Association to open New England HQ in Providence

National Supermarket Association to open New England HQ in Providence


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos announced Monday that the National Supermarket Association will open up a new headquarters in downtown Providence for its newly-established New England chapter.


The National Supermarket Association is a trade organization that represents the interests of more than 700 independently-owned grocery stores along the East Coast.

Matos said having the New England chapter based in Rhode Island will help the state “become a leader in region’s food economy.”

“The National Supermarket Association will be a valuable partner in reducing grocery costs for Rhode Island families, supporting our vibrant community of food producers and wholesalers, and eliminating food deserts in our state,” she said.

Matos said she’s been advocating for the New England chapter to plant roots in Providence due to the capital city’s central location, competitive business costs and rich talent pool.

“We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from the state of Rhode Island,” said William Rodriguez, president of the National Supermarket Association’s New England chapter. “This commitment makes our mission more achievable and impactful. Our mission is to advance and support the independent supermarket owners by promoting innovation, sustainability, and community engagement. We rise by lifting others.”

Through the National Supermarket Association, Matos said grocery stores can access exclusive vendor programs, receive technical assistance, benefit from proactive and reduced-rate food safety inspections and participate in other programs meant to reduce supply and administrative costs.

Sarah Guernelli ( is the consumer investigative reporter for 12 News. Connect with her on Twitter and on Facebook.