A corner store intervention in a low-income urban community is associated with increased availability and sales of some healthy foods

Hee Jung Song, Joel Gittelsohn, Miyong Kim, Sonali Suratkar, Sangita Sharma, Jean Anliker

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Objective: While corner store-based nutrition interventions have emerged as a potential strategy to increase healthy food availability in low-income communities, few evaluation studies exist. We present the results of a trial in Baltimore City to increase the availability and sales of healthier food options in local stores.Design Quasi-experimental study.Setting Corner stores owned by Korean-Americans and supermarkets located in East and West Baltimore.Subjects Seven corner stores and two supermarkets in East Baltimore received a 10-month intervention and six corner stores and two supermarkets in West Baltimore served as comparison.Results: During and post-intervention, stocking of healthy foods and weekly reported sales of some promoted foods increased significantly in intervention stores compared with comparison stores. Also, intervention storeowners showed significantly higher self-efficacy for stocking some healthy foods in comparison to West Baltimore storeowners.Conclusions: Findings of the study demonstrated that increases in the stocking and promotion of healthy foods can result in increased sales. Working in small corner stores may be a feasible means of improving the availability of healthy foods and their sales in a low-income urban community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2060-2067
Number of pages8
JournalPublic health nutrition
Issue number11
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009



  • Corner stores
  • Korean-American storeowners
  • Obesity
  • Programme impact
  • Storeowners psychosocial variables
  • Urban communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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