NEW YORK — With costs high and available real estate low, operating a supermarket in the city has become a daunting proposition. In some city neighborhoods, a lack of food stores is approaching crisis levels and may require government intervention, some groups have argued. “The scales are tilted way out of balance for the traditional supermarket. They've been squeezed out by things like drug stores paying higher rents,” said Pat Purcell, a spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers ...

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