Understanding a key feature of urban food stores to develop nutrition intervention

Hee Jung Song, Joel Gittelsohn, Jean Anliker, Sangita Sharma, Sonali Suratkar, Megan Mattingly, Miyong T. Kim

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The food environment in low-income communities may be attributable to the increased prevalence of diet-related chronic diseases. The purpose of this study is to describe the key features of urban food stores. For our descriptive study, 13 corner store owners and 4 supermarket managers were interviewed. Most urban corner stores had closed-store layouts, limiting accessibility to foods. Foods stocked at the corner stores included canned foods, soda, and chips; low-fat, low-sodium, and fresh produce were rarely available. Limited shelf space and a lack of a variety of healthy foods in wholesale stores were mentioned as barriers for stocking healthy foods. Corner stores are a potential venue to improve the food environment, and tailored interventions at multilevel focusing on store owners, wholesalers, and customers are urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-90
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


  • African Americans
  • Corner stores
  • Urban food environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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