Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Grocery Chains Continue to Dis Poorer Neighborhoods

RHASHEEMA A. SWEETING, CHICAGO TRIBUNE - While Chicago's population is almost precisely divided into north and south along Madison Street, the division is far from equal when it comes to the 86 stores of major grocery chains such as Jewel-Osco, Aldi, Cub Foods and Dominick's. The North Side has 50 percent more such stores than the South Side, according to the not-for-profit Metropolitan Chicago Information Center research group. The result: Chicagoans with the least amount of disposable income shop at smaller neighborhood stores and pay considerably higher grocery prices than more affluent North Siders or suburbanites do.

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