WEST OAKLAND, Calif. — A group seeking to open a community-oriented market in a food desert here hopes to raise one-third of the funds needed to open the store from the community itself, according to Co.Exist, a Northern California blog site. Brahm Ahmadi, founder and chief executive officer of People's Community Market, said his group has obtained a promise for two-thirds of its $3.6 million budget from California FreshWorks, a public-private partnership loan fund created to ...

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