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Partners Make Watts Market a Meaty Venture

September 06, 1988|BOB BAKER | Times Staff Writer

Primarily, however, both men said they invested in Watts because of business instincts. Both believe that once the market is painted and the grounds are cleaned of years of accumulated debris they will be able to attract more business from middle-class blacks who, while familiar with Turner's, have moved to suburban communities and are hesitant to come to Watts.

Professional Language

The partners speak the language of their professions, using words such as "clients," "market share" and "strategy" to sculpt the store's future, including its desire to cater to a growing Latino population. In the eight weeks since they bought the market they have spent much of their time there, putting their investment and legal chores on hold, trying to learn at the foot of Turner, who despite his retirement will still be spending considerable time there.

After all, Turner said amiably, "They got the books but I'm learning them the actual thing. If you ain't got some of that experience, that know-how, you're pretty well sunk."

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