What is the NSA?
The NSA is a trade association that represents the interest of independent supermarket owners in Florida and other urban cities throughout the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Beginning in the mid-seventies, these entrepreneurs had the courage of opening supermarkets in areas abandoned by the large chains, as they were economically depressed and mostly minority neighborhoods. These men and women had the vision and the commitment to fill a vacuum in those communities, at a time when the term “food desert” had not even been coined. Currently, many NSA members continue to serve those areas by offering healthy foods and full-service supermarkets.
The association has grown dramatically in the last two decades and currently provides its members hands-on representation in both the private and public sectors and advocates issues that impact the entire supermarket industry. Current membership, in our Florida Chapter, represents over 55 supermarkets. Most members are of Hispanic descent, and their stores are predominantly located in minority neighborhoods.
The NSA provides outreach services to corporations that want to capture the booming Hispanic market by providing counseling on marketing strategies to reach Hispanic retailers and consumers, including market and cultural intelligence.
To ensure independent, community-focused retailers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs, and services.
NSA Florida Chapter purpose is to represent the membership through legislative and regulatory efforts with an effective government relations program, to be the resource for industry education and communication, to work with industry partners and alliances to best serve the membership.