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Old 05-07-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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Just curious - I've read on here people in the Sedona/Prescott area can't find good authentic ethnic food - not necessarily restaurants, but groceries. I'm sure there's plenty of mexican...

But since I'm from NYC where there's little ethnic pockets for every country complete with grocers and more, I wondered if something like that would be a viable business in AZ.

Clearly people can order online, but would a brick and mortar store of say Asian items (Thai, Vietnam, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino) sell there? Would challenges be demand or "translating" the products for the "audience" - meaning authentic items with obscure names would need to be recommended for uses much like wine stores do (goes well with rice, or on beef. Add a zing that will sting your tongue...)
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:06 PM
 
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There are some good Asian markets and a small Asian strip mall in Phoenix but that is about it for AZ. It's not like the northeast, no ethnic enclaves other than Mexican.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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I for one would welcome ANY increase in availability of ethnic foods. That said, I have no idea how many people would shop in such a market. I think most people prefer to have ethnic restaurants for variety, but you probably need a pretty large, hard-core audience to purchase ethnic food makings at a grocery store.
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Old 05-08-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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I for one would welcome ANY increase in availability of ethnic foods. That said, I have no idea how many people would shop in such a market. I think most people prefer to have ethnic restaurants for variety, but you probably need a pretty large, hard-core audience to purchase ethnic food makings at a grocery store.
I agree with this. I don't think the area is large enough in population to support a market focused on ethnic foods. Ethnic restaurants, yes.
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