WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Strong public-private partnerships are the key to successfully launching supermarkets in distressed areas, according to industry experts speaking at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Conference on Access to Food here. Whether the distressed area is an inner city neighborhood or a small rural community, the strength of the store's support network -- which includes local government officials, bankers, wholesalers, brokers, federal loan agencies and store management -- can ...

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