KIA PATTERSON has made history by opening the first black-owned grocery store in Compton.
The 36-year-old is the owner and proprietor of The Grocery Outlet, which she hopes will provide a way to bring organic food options to people at more affordable prices.
For years, Kia worked at Smart & Final, warehouse-style food and supply store, and then decided that she wanted to pursue her own dreams and make her own grocery outlet.
“It took a lot of background experience,” she said.
Although the business is doing quite well in its first few months of operation, Patterson is calling on the community to keep the business thriving.
“I need your support,” Patterson said. “I need to stay in business. This story is really good for the community. The most important thing is we sell a lot of organic products at a bargain, 60 percent less than anywhere else.”