Meet Kia Patterson, Owner of the First Black-Own Grocery Store in Compton
Kia Patterson, 36, is the owner of the first-ever black-owned grocery store in Compton, California. As an independent owner of a Grocery Outlet franchise, she has found much success, and the entire city of Compton is celebrating that success right along with her.
Patterson isn’t just in this line of business for the monetary gain, though. For her, providing good food choices that don’t hurt the pockets of those living in predominantly black and low income neighborhoods is a primary aim.
How She Got Started
Patterson worked for another grocery chain for 17 years before being recruited by Grocery Outlet to assist them in expanding their chain by adding 100 stores in Southern California.
Upon receiving the offer, she accepted and began the training process, sorted out her investments, and got started on setting up a business plan.
Now a grocery store owner, Patterson’s goal is to provide more organic food options to people at prices that are affordable. Part of what motivates her to do this is witnessing first-hand the health issues that African Americans typically struggle with, and the challenge that persons living in low-income communities face in accessing fresh produce at prices that are within their budget.
“The prices of our organic groceries are much cheaper than most grocery stores. The major American brands are also 40 to 60 percent cheaper. You can come here and get quality food for great prices.”
Giving Back to her Community
Patterson gives back by supporting the Magic Johnson Foundation; assisting them with fundraisers for various schools within the Compton area. She has also partnered with El Camino Compton Center by assisting them in launching a low-cost food pantry for college students.
“I’m definitely involved in the community. That’s important to me because I lived in Lynwood, right next to Compton, so I grew up spending a lot of time in Compton.”
By: Danielle Dixon
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