The Secret Behind Chinatown Fruit Stand Economics

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i love ny - the green grocer edition

How is fresh produce in Chinatown so cheap? From $8 for a 20 pound box of mangoes to ginger for 50 cents a pound, the deals in Chinatown can’t be beat. Investigative journalist Anne Kadet of the Wall Street Journal, recently delved into the mystery and came to a surprisingly simple conclusion:

Chinatown’s green grocers, in contrast [to mainstream supermarkets], buy their stock from a handful of small wholesalers operating from tiny warehouses right in the neighborhood… Because the wholesalers are in Chinatown, they can deliver fresh produce several times a day, eliminating the need for retailers to maintain storage space or refrigeration

Check out the full report for more information about the economics of Chinatown.

Joshua Mu

Joshua Mu

Contributing Writer

When he is not attempting to hustle the hustlers of Central Park, Joshua enjoys exploring the depths of what New York has to offer. He one day hopes to pilot a drone without immediately crashing it.

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