Food Retailing in the Cleveland, Ohio, Metropolitan Area--With Emphasis on the Inner City
Crow, Edward L. | Van Dress, Michael G.
In Cleveland, Ohio, very small foodstores comprised a higher proportion of the stores in the low income area than in the higher income area. Prices were generally higher, variety of products more limited, quality of food assortment poorer, and services more restricted in smaller stores. However, for the same type of store, there were no significant differences in these factors between income areas. About 55 percent of the household shoppers in the low income area appeared reasonably satisfied with the stores where they bought most of their food. Product and service needs as expressed by consumers were basically the same, irrespective of income area. However, residents of the low income area were likely to be less mobile and consequently had to shop at stores within walking distance, which are often smaller stores. Supermarkets located in the low income area tended to be on the periphery of the area and were less accessible to residents than if located more centrallyShow more [+] Less [-]