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May 17, 2014 12:23 PM

cities without supermarkets food "deserts"??

"NEWS" in NJ over past few days. City of Camden (a BAD place) is getting a supermarket for first time in YEARS. Something called Price Rite.

Similar news in Chester, PA (SE corner & another BAD place) within past year or so.

Consider myself VERY blessed to have NEVER had to live in an area like this. Hope this kinda thing helps people in areas like this to become better eaters.

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  1. Fir those not from metro NY>
    Price-Rite is a division of Shop-Rite, a major player in this market. Price Rite is aimed to ethnic shoppers and is low priced, but high quality. Grocery items are sold in cut cases, Consumers must buy bags or bring their own. They have great produce, There is a very limited selection of brands, many items available in store brand only. There is no meat or deli cut to order, everything comes in packaged.

    That said: There are many items I buy there (Bridgeport, CT store is a 7 minute drive away).

    Everyday pricing: followed by other chain prices in area
    Extra large White eggs...$1.99 dz (2.89)
    Tropicana 89 oz OJ $4.49 (5.99-6.99)
    Chobani: 99 cents (1.35-1.50)
    Pepsi Products 2Liter: (1.09) (1.99-2.59)
    Sabra Hummus: (1.99) (3.99) 8oz
    Price Rite 20 oz Salsa: 1.99 Shop Rite label (2.99)
    Milk 1%, 2%, Whole: 2.99 gallon (4.49)
    Hershey's Syrup: 1.99 (3.49)
    Keebler and Townhouse Crackers: 1.99 (3.39-3.99)
    Hebrew Nat'l 12oz Franks 1.99 (5.59)

    These are just a few I know off the top of my head that I buy regularly.

    1. Hope it makes it.
      I just stopped at my local self serve honey stand. He had to close it because people would take without paying.

      1. I always thought of a food desert as a place where there are only big supermarkets, and industrially produced commodity food items.

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        1. I cannot believe a city the size of Camden, New Jersey could be without supermarkets. .

          I grew up in a town of 10,000 in rural Minnesota and we had three supermarkets.

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          1. re: John E.

            There's something fishy about that claim. Search on google maps for 'grocery stores around Camden NJ', turns up a lot of entries. Yes, most of those a neighborhood corner stores with names like Martinez's Food and Deli, and Los Compadres, advertizing deli meat and sandwiches. But there is also a Fayers (with web site) and a regional Cousins.

            They are reopening at a Pathmark location. 'only supermarket' must mean a store with a bigger parking lot that the store building ( 43,000-square-foot ).

            "Critics of the development say its location, connecting South Jersey to the Ben Franklin Bridge, is more convenient for people commuting through Camden than those who live there.

            Residents have said the area is not pedestrian-friendly or easily accessible by bus. People living on the opposite side of the Cooper River would have to take two buses."

            "Camden's first grocery store to open this fall; ShopRite not coming until 2016"
            This is probably the kind of misleading headline that prompted this thread.

            1. re: John E.

              It is not unusal for dirt poor, crime ridden, former industrial cities such as Camden to have no supermarkets left operating.
              The economics are such that the stores are crime magnets (hold up, shoplifting, vandalism). The local population is very dependent on food stamps (SNAP), WIC and welfare benefits, which means a huge surge in business the first week of the month, and fresh food spoiling during the rest of the month.

              Camden has been a wasteland for more than 30 years. Overpriced neighborhood markets and bodegas are NOT supermarkets. Cities such as Camden must give all kinds of tax and government incentives to get supermarkets to open, and unfortunately, they seem to last less than 5 years.

              In this case, Price-Rite has a track record in Northeast poor, inner city locations and might make it. It would be a good thing for Camden if it does.

              1. re: bagelman01

                I guess I was not aware of he demographics of Camden. There are areas of Minneapolis that are underserved in the grocery besiness, so I do understand.

            2. I've scarcely encountered a supermarket in much of Latin America, unless I ended up at a newish shopping mall.