A World Without Supermarkets

6 July 2007 at 11:21 am 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

It might be like Detroit, now the only major US city without a national chain supermarket. (Thanks to Cliff for the link.)

I’m sure these guys will produce a study soon showing how Detroit residents are better off without the big retailers.

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  • 1. Chihmao Hsieh  |  6 July 2007 at 1:59 pm

    I actually visited downtown Detroit to catch a Tigers baseball game a couple days ago (on July 4th), here on my trip to Michigan to visit the folks. The article mentions that “analysts say no other major city in America is such a supermarket desert.” That’s putting it very nicely.

    I visited Detroit many times growing up, and the state of the city today seems worse than ever. Until you get to the heart of downtown, the outskirts of town are filled with nothing but rundown boarded-up buildings.

    Detroit needs a lot of help. I hope a small consortium of companies is willing to lend a hand.

  • 2. Eric Szulc  |  6 July 2007 at 6:10 pm

    As a Detroiter, I think it’s fair to say that you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Detroit opposed to big retailers moving in.

    There used to be a Super K-mart just near the border of Detroit. No matter what time I went (8pm, midnight, 3am) it was just packed.

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