Friday, November 16, 2007

Food in Detroit

Detroit, a city of over 900,000, evidently has no major grocery stores operating within the city limits. Sounds like a serious public health problem.
Farmer Jack had operated in the city until they closed their last store in July of this year. The city has 1,000 convenience and party stores that sell some food, according to one article, but "a 2003 University of Michigan study of Detroit supermarkets showed there were only five grocery stores in Detroit with over 20,000 square feet."
For a frame of reference, the median supermarket is about 50,000 square feet, and a Super Walmart covers 150,000-250,000 square feet, according to a limited internet search.

Coincidentally, today Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution wrote about why there are no grocery stores in poor neighborhoods.