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The New York Times this morning reports that the New York City Industrial Development Agency has approved “millions in tax and real estate benefits Tuesday for the development of two new supermarkets in the Bronx — one near Tremont Avenue and one in Norwood. The projects are the first to be approved under the city’s Fresh Retail Expansion to Support Health program, known as Fresh, which encourages the establishment of neighborhood full-line grocery stores in low-income and underserved communities.

The goal is to be a game-changer in poor neighborhoods where consumers have not had access to much in the way of fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables, which has led to obesity-related health issues such as high rates of diabetes.
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