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Lancaster PA makes ‘Indie City’ tally of retailers

by thiryj

CPBJ Reports: Lancaster, PA has long touted its flourishing community of independent businesses, and now a national study has given the Red Rose City some statistics to back that up.

The Lancaster metropolitan statistical area ranked No. 25 in the country in terms of business captured by independent retailers, according to the 2011 Indie City Index.

The index, which ranked 363 metropolitan statistical areas, is the product of collaboration between the Tarrytown, N.Y.-based American Booksellers Association and Civic Economics, a consulting firm based in Chicago and Austin, Texas.

Ocean City, N.J., topped the national list. When compared with other metropolitan statistical areas with a population of 500,000 to 1 million, Lancaster garnered the No. 2 slot; the city also was ranked No. 5 in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Elsewhere in the midstate, the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan statistical area was No. 332, Lebanon was No. 210 and York-Hanover was No. 306.

via Lancaster makes ‘Indie City’ tally of retailers.