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  • kellypsnll Feb 1, 7:01 p.m.

    As far as growing the food for themselves, many of these people are elderly or live in apartments. Have you ever tried growing veggies in January? I'd like to see them if you have. NC maybe warmer than up north but they still have winter.

  • kellypsnll Feb 1, 6:58 p.m.

    Maybe aldi's could move in. Obviously, they don't have a huge election but the do carry the basics. From milk and eggs to toiletries. I have shopped there a few times in cary. Produce isn't always the best, but you can find some incredible deals on a lot of things including pineapples on sale for .99 cents periodically.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Feb 1, 6:56 p.m.

    Food Lion and wal-mart have horrific bottom of the barrel, wilted, bruised, moldy, rotten produce. I do the "majority" of my grocery shopping at Wal-mart, especially when I need non-grocery items, but then I suck it up and pay the insane high prices at Teeter because their prodice really is much better.

  • wideNCawake Feb 1, 5:05 p.m.

    ...too bad to lose a nice grocery store like good neighborhoods have.

  • dirkdiggler Feb 1, 5:00 p.m.

    "Harris Teeters prices are far from being on par with Whole Foods,in my experience"

    Their organics are similar in price, and their non-organics are far higher than elsewhere. It'd be nice to have Harris Teeter/Whole Foods quality produce at the Food Lion price. I have to scoff every time I hear that ad on the radio where Food Lion touts the changes they've made to their produce department, and how wonderful it is. All the Food Lions in a 20 mile radius of me have the same, rotten produce and awful selection. They really ought to be ashamed of themselves for having the positive attitude they have about their produce dept. Either we have really, really bad Food Lions around here, or their marketing executives have a really strange view of what awesome produce looks and tastes like.

  • dirkdiggler Feb 1, 4:57 p.m.

    Heavenly, I maintain a lovely garden and grow a variety of veggies. I've also got a berry patch for strawberries. I can't grow bananas, kiwi, papaya, asparagus, pineapples, or many other things I tend to pick up at the grocery store unless I wanted to invest in a greenhouse, which isn't going to be happening any time soon. Many people lack the know-how to maintain a garden, and many more lack the property to place one.

  • turkeydance Feb 1, 4:50 p.m.

    "easy access to healthy food"?
    well, they've proved they won't buy it regardless of access.
    Carlie C will do well, because CC will stock what will sell.
    so SE Raleigh will STILL be a "federally recognized health danger zone called a food desert", because of the federal guideline definition. basically: you just can't win.

  • superman Feb 1, 4:45 p.m.

    The local churches have buses and vans be easy for the church to take them in their vehicle to any store they want to patronage. Guess the old ways of the church of helping people is a thing of the past.

  • superman Feb 1, 4:43 p.m.

    The question is, "how can they make money with a shrinking inventory" Items disappear and no money in the cash register. If a large store like Kroger cant make money just how does a super small chain think they can do better. They were there for about 10 years and lost money. Bad decision for any store to set up shop there and expect to stay in business. They also just moved into the old Winn Dixie in Garner that also close for lack of business. Another location that they going to lose money. I was in the Garner store looking around and there were about 4 customers and 6 employees.

  • Eightball Feb 1, 4:41 p.m.

    "But the question remains: how grocery stores can be successful in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and declining populations"...they obviously are not, lose $$$, and leave. Cant say as I blame them. They are not a charitable institution. Wager that their 'loss prevention' efforts & expenses are higher there than at other stores in the chain, and their profit margins much slimmer too...

  • markjb33 Feb 1, 4:37 p.m.

    Only thing I've found remotely close to the quality and selection is Harris Teeter, and their prices aren't any better than Whole Foods.
    dirk

    Harris Teeters prices are far from being on par with Whole Foods,in my experience

  • markjb33 Feb 1, 4:35 p.m.

    The Kroger on New Bern was dimly lit and just dirty, inside and out. I could not see paying Kroger prices in a place like that

  • dontstopnow Feb 1, 4:23 p.m.

    This story amazes me. Do these people have a patch of dirt in a yard? How about hands that work to pull up grass. How about a dollar to buy a pack of seed to plant and grow veggies. What happened to people actually growing some food for themself?

  • djofraleigh Feb 1, 4:09 p.m.

    From the location of the Kroger, there are several Food Lions within 2 miles, and a Walmart less than 5 miles away. How many people in Wake County live that close to major food chains? Is most of Wake County a food desert?

    Someone define how close a major food chain has to be to a home for that home not to be in a food desert? I live in SE Raleigh. When I lived on NC 96 between Rolesville and Zebulon, I was in a food desert, maybe. Rural people vs urbanites = rural is a loser and left out.

  • Raleigh Joe Feb 1, 3:58 p.m.

    Maybe the stores wouldn't have closed if they weren't victimized everyday by shoplifters. One of the closed stores is next to a Super Wal-Mart which sells groceries. The other was one mile away from a Food Lion. It's not like there is no food. Sensationalism at its best.

  • dirkdiggler Feb 1, 3:51 p.m.

    I think it's a bummer. I'd drive to the Kroger on New Bern from Wendell, bypassing tons of Food Lions, for the superior produce department Kroger has to offer. Now I'm back to making the trip further into Raleigh. I wish there were more stores with produce sections like Whole Foods without the ridiculous price. Their produce is gorgeous, fresh, and great variety. Only thing I've found remotely close to the quality and selection is Harris Teeter, and their prices aren't any better than Whole Foods.

  • momeeee Feb 1, 3:38 p.m.

    “Clearly, grocery stores closing means that they weren’t making any money, which means people weren’t shopping there."

    Then why complain when it closed?

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