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Grocery stores and supermarkets are critical to every neighborhood, and they have unique risks due to the perishable items they sell and the volume of people that walk through on a daily basis. It is important to have protection in the event someone falls, food spoils, or a weather disaster causes you to shut down. Our experts can tailor an insurance package that protects your business from food sickness lawsuits, injury or property damage, reputational risks, equipment breakdown, food contamination, and delivery accidents. Keep your business covered so your customers can stay stocked.

Consider Protecting Your:

  • Income and future earnings
  • Inventory, equipment, and fixtures
  • Building and its contents
  • Outdoor fixtures, fences, and signs
  • Vehicles used for food delivery

Protect Yourself From:

  • Bodily injury to visitors on your premises
  • Harm or injury caused by food or beverages you sell
  • Personal injury or property damage caused by your employees
  • False advertising, slander, or libel claims
  • Burglary, vandalism, or civil commotion
  • Weather-related events and power outages
  • Building collapse, explosion, and fire
  • Replacing or repairing broken equipment
  • Business down time and loss of income due to equipment failure
  • Food spoilage or goods lost as a result of equipment malfunction
  • Car accidents with company or employee vehicles during food delivery
  • Liquor liability if you sell alcohol
  • Druggist mistakes if you have a pharmacy

FAQ

Running a grocery store requires a significant investment of both time and money. Without adequate insurance coverage, everything that grocery store owners put into their stores could be lost in a single incident. Grocery store insurance policies (also sometimes known as supermarket insurance) help protect grocery stores from a number of covered risks. Most grocery store insurance policies are package policies that combine several coverages in a single policy. The coverages that a policy provides can usually be adjusted to suit a particular grocery store or supermarket’s needs. Most coverages fall into one of three categories: liability coverages, property coverages, and other coverages.

Most grocery stores and supermarkets, including both independent stores and chains, should consider getting supermarket insurance. Without protection, a grocery store or supermarket can be dangerously exposed to risk, and these policies usually offer the most affordable way to procure coverage.

Grocery stores are exposed to a range of potential liability risks, for they’re multi-faceted businesses and serve lots of customers. In order to give grocery stores liability protection they need, supermarket insurance policies typically include several different commercial liability coverages. A policy may provide any or all of the following: Premises liability coverage, which may cover injuries that are sustained on a grocery store’s property; product liability coverage, which might cover injuries and illnesses that are caused by foods or beverages a grocery store sells; advertising and personal injury liability coverage, which may cover copyright and trademark infringement claims that are filed against a grocery store; umbrella liability coverage, which might be used to supplement one or more other liability policies; auto liability coverage, which may be required if a grocery store uses a company vehicle to offer catering or delivery services; druggist liability coverage, which might be needed if a grocery store operates a pharmacy; and liquor liability coverage, which may be required if a grocery store sells alcoholic beverages.

Grocery store policies often include several commercial property coverages as well. After all, grocery stores have a lot of different property to protect. Some property coverages that a policy might offer include: Building Coverage, which grocery stores that own their own building might need; Property Coverage, which might protect a grocery store’s equipment, fixtures, and inventory; Spoilage Coverage, which may cover perishable food that spoils because of a covered incident; and Equipment Breakdown Coverage, which might help pay for repairs of equipment that breaks down. Spoilage coverage is sometimes included as part of a policy’s equipment breakdown coverage.

Supermarket policies may also offer business interruption coverage, cyber liability coverage, employment practices liability coverage, and similar commercial protections. These additional coverages might not fall into the categories of property and liability protections, but they can be just as important as those types of coverages. Most supermarket insurance policies don’t include workers compensation, health, or disability coverage. Grocery stores usually purchase these coverages separately, through stand-alone policies, when they need them.

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