02/21/2013 01:48 pm ET

Latino Grocery Chains Profit While Industry As A Whole Slumps

SAN DIEGO — Customers are raving about the recently opened Northgate Gonzalez supermarket in San Diego’s Barrio Logan.

“I bring my aunt here to get all the Mexican products,” Pati Chavez said in Spanish as she packed her shopping cart with the day’s purchases.

Trapped between a shipyard and one of California’s busiest highways, Barrio Logan residents used to have almost nowhere nearby to purchase fresh fruits, meats and vegetables. So neighbors were ecstatic when the Anaheim-based supermarket chain decided to build a big, airy store on an empty lot here.

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