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First Black Owned Grocery Store Franchise Opens in Compton

The first Black owned grocery store franchise opened in Compton a few months ago. This “Grocery Outlet” franchise is owned and operated by 36 year old, Kia Patterson.

In March of 2013, the USDA officially labeled Compton as a food desert. Residents have not had adequate access to essential dietary foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Over a year ago, the Grocery Outlet building was home to another grocery store chain which closed and left Compton residents with one less place to find food for balanced meals.

Now residents can get organic products and other items for up to 60 percent off compared to brand-name items that can be found in traditional grocery stores.

The store is also creating jobs for locals, including members of Kia’s family.

So far, reviews from customers have been very positive:

Amber M: “Hands down the BEST deal you will find on great wines from all over the world….

I met the owner, Kia, while I was there and she was super friendly and make some great recommendations. The prices are seriously amazing. They have a great selection.

I don’t live anywhere near Compton, so I understand if you think it’s a crazy trip, but if you’re even remotely in the area it’s seriously worth stopping by. You’ll be in wine heaven. Cheers!”

Sunny G: “Lots of great things about this market: Many organic options at low prices.
Niche items, Friendly staff. Local beers and wines. Clean and bright. Delightful owner who seems to be hiring locally.”


Grocery Outlet is located at 2175 West Rosecrans Avenue in the city of Compton and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Huge congrats to Kia! If you are anywhere near her store, please go and show your support! Tell your friends and family in the California area also.


Check out this Facebook video of a tour of the store and a brief interview with Kia.


by Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson