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Corner Store Purchases in a Low-Income Urban Community in NYC

Abstract

We assessed purchases made, motivations for shopping, and frequency of shopping at four New York City corner stores (bodegas). Surveys and purchase inventories (n = 779) were collected from consumers at four bodegas in Bronx, NY. We use Chi square tests to compare types of consumers, items purchased and characteristics of purchases based on how frequently the consumer shops at the specific store and the time of day the purchase was made. Most consumers shopped at the bodega because it was close to their home (52 %). The majority (68 %) reported shopping at the bodega at least once per day. The five most commonly purchased items were sugary beverages, (29.27 %), sugary snacks (22.34 %), coffee, (13.99 %), sandwiches, (13.09 %) and non-baked potato chips (12.2 %). Nearly 60 % of bodega customers reported their purchase to be healthy. Most of the participants shopped at the bodega frequently, valued its convenient location, and purchased unhealthy items. Work is needed to discover ways to encourage healthier choices at these stores.

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This study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Supplement to 1U48DP001904-01).

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Kiszko, K., Cantor, J., Abrams, C. et al. Corner Store Purchases in a Low-Income Urban Community in NYC. J Community Health 40, 1084–1090 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-015-0033-1

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Keywords

  • Choice behavior
  • Diet
  • Food
  • Obesity
  • New York City