Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Texas, and New Orleans all have their own natural-food supermarkets, so why not the New York region?
"Pure unadulterated cost," said Frank Lampe, editor of the industry's trade journal, the Natural Foods Merchandiser.
High real estate costs might explain why there are no natural food supermarkets in New York City, but what about the suburbs?
Chris Kilham agrees that cost has been a factor, but there are other reasons. Mr. Kilham, whose company, Cowboy Marketing of Lincoln, Mass., is a consultant in the natural foods industry, said, "Up until now, there have been precious few people interested in opening natural food supermarkets."