Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Grocery Store Design

  • Hayley Figueroa
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_401-5



Grocery stores in the United States, with few exceptions, share similar floor plans and display items in a similar fashion. This is no coincidence, nor is it an accident. Grocery store design is a deliberate process that is informed by a variety of factors, not the least of which is profit. Since their introduction into the American landscape, grocery stores have grown and changed in order to meet greater customer demands and increase profits. Merchants of old would hardly recognize their modern counterparts and the innovations that have been introduced, adopted, adapted, and are now commonplace in our grocery stores. They would likely be surprised to find that psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists can be found, at one time or another, on the payroll of every major food retailer. Along with experts in marketing, sales, and advertising, social scientists have...


Grocery Store Retail Outlet Shopping Cart Perishable Item Grocery Chain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health & Nutrition SciencesBrooklyn CollegeNew YorkUSA