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Mobile grocery stores invading food deserts across SC

Jessica Holdman
Jessica Holdman

Like many states around the country, ours also has pockets across the state’s metropolitan areas where fresh foods are hard to come by…areas known as food deserts. Our next guest is a journalist that has been reporting on this issue and the new trend toward mobile grocery stores. Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Holdman, with the Post and Courier in Columbia, SC.

Disclaimer: The Post and Courier has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.