The food desert is that stretch of town or region where no grocery stores are operating, forcing residents into leaving the area to shop for basics, or worse, subsist on junk food for lack of better choices. In social and health terms, food deserts are a serious problem, but in economic terms they can represent commercial real estate opportunity. CRE investors seeking to profit from filling local needs can do much worse than finding highly populated areas that are underserved by grocery stores. These areas cry out for the development of food stores to fill the gap. Tools to find these areas are very helpful for acquisition and site selection – but where can one find these tools?
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