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Coffee dispute could be nearing resolution

...might back down from booting local coffee roasters from its stores and replacing them with coffee giant Starbucks. Perry Merkel and Tim Gravel, owners of Anchorage roasters Cafe del Mundo and Kaladi Bros., said they met this week with a top...
Governor riled over grocery stores' switch to Starbucks

...purchase. At the time of Safeway's acquisition of Carrs, the national chain promised to support local vendors, said Perry Merkel, owner of Cafe del Mundo. Knowles mentioned this in his letter to Burd. "Two years ago you personally committed...
Juneau Empire Online Business Spotlight: Carrs' suppliers waiting for impact 8/11/98 spend $330 million to swallow Carr Gottstein Foods Co. ``It certainly could be potentially bad news,'' said Perry Merkel, owner of Cafe del Mundo, a coffee wholesaler and retailer. About half its revenue comes from sales in Carrs stores...
Many business owners support controlling health care costs

...ever before. We must remain committed to seeing this through. The economic health of small businesses depends on it. Perry Merkel is the owner of Café del Mundo in Anchorage. He can be reached at


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