Independents Seen as Better Food Desert Operators

ANAHEIM, Calif. Are small independent food retailers more suited to tackling the problem of food deserts low-income communities that lack convenient access to fresh food stores than large chains? Brahm Ahmadi, chief executive officer of People's Community Market, West Oakland, Calif., thinks so. The larger the chain, the harder it is to be flexible at the single-store level in low-income neighborhoods,

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Are small independent food retailers more suited to tackling the problem of food deserts — low-income communities that lack convenient access to fresh food stores — than large chains?

Brahm Ahmadi, chief executive officer of People's Community Market, West Oakland, Calif., thinks so. “The larger the chain, the harder it is to be flexible at the single-store level in low-income neighborhoods,” he said during a session on food deserts at