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Leaders of the pack

— Global


Identifying a gap in a market is the easy part; creating a pioneering company to plug that gap requires a bit more skill. We present five firms that have found their niche and done the hard work too.

Innovation, Small business, Startups

01: The Fresh Grocer


The Fresh Grocer, with seven locations in Pennsylvania, sets up shop in low-income urban areas and near university campuses, where large supermarket chains rarely enter. “It doesn’t really make a lot of sense why they don’t, but as long as they don’t we’ll take advantage of it,” says executive vice president Grant McLoughlin. The stores feature a large fresh produce section, a sushi bar and free wi-fi. New York, Illinois and Louisiana have since developed similar schemes, with Colorado and New Jersey working on…


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