How Communities Can Benefit From Buying Local

By Rachel Koning Beals – US News and World Report 10.28.2011

Certainly, there are other retail realities. The existence of any business, chain or not, is often preferred over an abandoned storefront, and will better serve communities void of key supplies for everyday existence. While I happily patronize my local toy store, the reality is that big-box retailers that include a grocery section may just be the saviors for the vast “food deserts” across other parts of my home city, Chicago. There, zero grocery options, especially fresh food, exist for blocks on end. Read more…

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