NYC’s richest and poorest neighborhoods see slowdown in grocery sales

Weeks after New York City residents completed their initial rounds of stock-up shopping, grocers are seeing major disparities in sales among different neighborhoods. “It’s a tale of three cities,” one chain owner told the New York Post. Most notably: Affluent Manhattan customers have fled the city to hunker down in their more spacious second homes, turning upscale uptown stores into ghost towns. Likewise, business in poorer areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens has slowed as those residents await SNAP and unemployment benefits. Middle-class areas, however, are thriving as locals continue to work from home and stock up regularly. Those folks are seeing an additional benefit—products are being diverted from the less-busy outlets to their shelves.