This is silliness.
City and urban renewal officials shouldn't be trying to decide what the East End needs.
First, Kroger and Fas Check operated grocery stores in the East End and decided to stop. There's a message there somewhere.
Second, many customers have already found what they want, and many retailers in the area have already adjusted what they offer.
Third, retailers are excellent at figuring out what people in an area need or want - and whether they can make a profit by providing it. Public bodies don't have to offer enticements to retailers; they volunteer to build when they sense an opportunity to make money.
Fourth, it's simply wrong for public bodies to subsidize one retailer, thereby harming others.
Enough with the misbegotten grocery store obsession.
The East End is not a food desert - not by a long shot. It's time to stop pretending that it is.