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Forbes has a good piece about how a variety of urban areas are attracting business investment, including larger and better grocery stores than generally have opened in the big city.

The opening of a Wegmans in Brooklyn (reported on here) is just the latest and most high profile example. Forbes offers some others:

"Last week, Phoenix, which is in the midst of a transformation, finally got a downtown grocery store when Fry’s opened a branch on Washington Street … In Boston, Trader Joe’s opened a branch in the Seaport neighborhood, bringing groceries to a fast-growing office and residential area … Residents of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood also got a Trader Joe’s earlier this month, replacing a branch of the beloved Treasure Island chain, which went out of business last year … In Worcester, Massachusetts, Maker to Main, a hub for local produce, plans to open a downtown grocery in 2020 … These grocery stores are in addition to the branches of Whole Foods and other stores that have opened in other parts of the same cities."

The story notes that "in a number of places, residents have waited years to be able to access good-quality groceries without having to drive, take public transportation or ride sharing." While food deserts still exist in a lot of urban markets, a change seems to be taking place.
KC's View:
One of the things driving this trend is the growth of food culture in so many places - better food, better information, better cooks and better stores and restaurants in areas that didn't have such things just a few years ago. If you're in the food business, it would be foolish to ignore such opportunities.