Independent Opens in La. Food Desert

WINNSBORO, La. — Ford's Fine Foods, an independent based in Colfax, La., has opened its fourth store in a food desert here — an area impacted by Hurricane Katrina — with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency.

The company obtained a $5 million loan to refinance debt on existing facilities owned by parent company Ford Holdings to build the new store and to purchase inventory and equipment. The 19,500-squa

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