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Old 05-27-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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Late to the conversation, but from what I know, supermarkets tend to have very low profit margins, and if half the shopping carts are stolen, then they can lose money.
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:41 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Food stores must make a healthy profit to survive. A food store with a low profit in Georgia is unlikely to sruvive in Chicago due to the many variables such as utilites, weather, theft and unions.
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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Default Because of high operating costs due to crime and shoplifting

Businesses go where they can make money. There are no large supermarket chain stores in inner city slums because of the high percentage of loss due to shoplifting, and the higher security costs that high crime rates require. They can't make money there, so they don't operate there.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Nort Seid
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Wal Mart is going bananas to get in these neighborhoods, so I think we're making some assumptions that don't necessarily hold true industry-wide.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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This is nice: Walgreen to open first oasis in city ‘food desert’ | Chicago Breaking Business

but how on earth is 67th and Stony a "food desert"? It is completely trivial on the bus (or in some cases even metra or walking) to get from that corner to about 6 different supermarkets, some pretty good (jewel on 71st and Jeffrey, Pete's on 83rd and Stony, a Dominick's on 80 somethingth and stony, the Moo and Oink a block or two from there, even the treasure island on 55th and lake park). Granted that there is no supermarket within a couple of blocks, but is that really a major problem? Some of these issues seem highly exaggerated to me.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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...Some of these issues seem highly exaggerated to me.
Of course.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago
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I don't really see that much of a problem with there being too few grocery stores in the city.

Then again, I very rarely travel south of Roosevelt, so maybe ignorance is bliss, in my case.

The lack of gas stations, on the other hand, drove me insane when I was still driving.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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A few days ago the Red Eye updated their Food Desert story from a couple of years ago (based off of researcher Mari Gallagher's research):

Navigating Chicago's food deserts - RedEye
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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Default Article is optimistic Madison/Western

They will not be breaking ground for another few weeks once thru zoning. I would not expect store to open until early to mid 2011 at the earliest.

Pretty sad that you have people on the south side complaining about having difficulty getting shopping carts from Jewel on buses. Do they think it is okay just to take grocery carts from Jewel? This is why many store such as Cermak and Tony's in the city have barriers that prevent patrons from taking carts out of the store.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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...Pretty sad that you have people on the south side complaining about having difficulty getting shopping carts from Jewel on buses. Do they think it is okay just to take grocery carts from Jewel? This is why many store such as Cermak and Tony's in the city have barriers that prevent patrons from taking carts out of the store.
Jewel has a kill switch on the wheels of carts at the location on Lincoln in North Center. The carts cannot be taken out of the parking lot unless they were lifted off of the ground. I have not noticed it at any other Jewel though.
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