A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Thrives In Food Wastelands

Roughly 30 million Americans—about 1 in 10—live in communities without adequate access to healthy food. NPR recently profiled Brown’s Super Stores, a chain of seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in and around Philadelphia. The stores have bus stations nearby and some even have community centers and health clinics. One key to their success? Their owner says: “Before we did anything, we brought together a group of community leaders, and we just asked them to tell us exactly what it is they were looking for in a neighborhood grocery store.”

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