Yemeni Entrepreneurs are thriving on the East Side
The Buffalo News takes an in-depth look at the immigrants who embraced Buffalo’s East Side after years of exodus by traditional business. Despite making up less than 2% of the city’s population Yemeni entrepreneurs have nearly monopolized all the convenience stores located on the East Side in addition to opening gas stations, clothing stores, and beauty shops.
Compared to the 3 convenience stores owned by the African-American majority, the Yemenis acquired and opened over 120 convenience stores on the East Side crediting the hard work ethic of their home country. While banks have been hesitant to loan money to businesses on the East Side Yemeni entrepreneurs have pooled money between family and friends and are now ready to take businesses on the East Side to the next level. Yemeni entrepreneurs have been successful across the country in places like Brooklyn, Detroit, and Oakland.