The basic challenges facing underserved markets are outlined nicely in the report. In addition to the lack of grocery options, underserved markets also often lack retail for convenient health care, dry cleaners, beauty salons, banking, and other neighborhood conveniences. This publication points out what we know first hand, the challenges are not simply "economic market conditions", they often reflect site specific factors such as:
- Site availability and assembly
- Local approval processes
- Matching the retailer to the market
- Inaccurate or insufficient market information
We particularly like the case studies that provide detail on the examples shared over the course of the retreat. With that, enjoy!