Grocery stores are important. Yes, there are lots of small specialty food stores and we love them, but most of us still buy most of our food at grocery stores. Grocer’s buying practices, values and priorities influence what we eat. Yugely.

So Utah is lucky to have a thriving locally owned chain of grocery stores. Harmons is connected to its community, offers lots of local produce and products, keeps up with dining trends, advises about nutrition and cooking and outstrips any competition in terms of service.

Bob Harmon, the latest in generations of Harmons grocers, deserves the recognition he recently received  as Winsight Grocery Business magazine’s first “Independent Icon.” Independent grocery stores are getting rarer and rarer—it’s a tough business—but Harmons has been here since 1932.

Salt Lake magazine honors Harmons, too, in our latest issue—with special mention of their recent opposition to a proposed food tax.