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As a New Yorker who has just been laid off from my job I am thinking about what sorts of things I could do and work for myself.

I was diagnosed with celiac disease 2 years ago and my first post-diagnosis trip to the grocery store was depressing. It took me 3 hours to fill my little basket with things I could eat.

I've gotten better and gluten-free grocery shopping since then, but one major frustration remains. I find myself having to visit no less than 3 different stores to fully stock my kitchen. I'm considering taking this unforeseen unemployment opportunity to open a full service gluten free grocery store in Manhattan. A place where celiacs like me can shop like all the "normal" people do at the regular supermarkets.

For example while all of my foods need to be gluten free, I don't necessarily want the more expensive special organic milk, or "earth friendly"

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I'm on Long Island, in the Islip area. Do you have Stop-n-Shop, Waldbaums, Shoprite, or Pathmark? They all carry a line of gluten free products. I do most of my shopping in Stop-n-Shop. I do not buy much in the line of gluten free processed foods, but I do know they have them...Tinkiyada, Shabtai Bakery items, Glutino, yogurts, ice creams (even the speciality ones), waffles, pancakes. I eat whole foods, veggies, fresh meats, fruits...I stay away from most gluten free processed foods, and gluten free grains. Some Stop-n-Shops even have special diet sections.

If you have the resources to open a totally gluten free store in the city, I am sure it will go over very well.

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I would shop in a place like that. You wouldn't have to just carry specialty foods... normal things like Heinz ketchup and Ore-Ida frozen potatoes and zillions of Kraft products could be there and know that your crew has screened the items before including them in your store. By doing that, you could easily attract neighborhood grocery shoppers that don't have to stay gluten-free; the only things they'd really want to go somewhere else for would be things like bread and cookies.

I suspect a store like that wouldn't do very well in most places, but a large metropolitan area like NY probably has enough Celiacs around that it has a chance.

You could even have a bakery section... someday, at least. There are a lot of gluten-free bakeries around the country and I think they do fairly well. Maybe the thing to do would be to offer a lease inside the grocery store to some already successful gluten-free bakery that has established a name for itself.

Just think how much easier it would be to send a family member to the store if you knew they couldn't go too far wrong as long as they went to Meez's gluten-free Grocery down the street. :) I think my husband would sure appreciate something like that.

-Elizabeth

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As a New Yorker who has just been laid off from my job I am thinking about what sorts of things I could do and work for myself.

I was diagnosed with celiac disease 2 years ago and my first post-diagnosis trip to the grocery store was depressing. It took me 3 hours to fill my little basket with things I could eat.

I've gotten better and gluten-free grocery shopping since then, but one major frustration remains. I find myself having to visit no less than 3 different stores to fully stock my kitchen. I'm considering taking this unforeseen unemployment opportunity to open a full service gluten free grocery store in Manhattan. A place where celiacs like me can shop like all the "normal" people do at the regular supermarkets.

For example while all of my foods need to be gluten free, I don't necessarily want the more expensive special organic milk, or "earth friendly"

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