Filling the Black Hole: Bringing Grocery Stores Back to the Inner City

Filling the Black Hole: Bringing Grocery Stores Back to the Inner City

Author: 
Roger E. Henry Sr.
Program of study: 
D.B.A.
Abstract: 
For the majority of people in the United States, purchasing groceries is a basic routine in life. Purchasing groceries is a major task for the inner city poor. This qualitative phenomenological study was performed to understand what factors influence grocery store owners’ decisions to locate their grocery stores. Understanding these factors can help determine what actions, if any, need to happen in the inner city to bring grocery stores to these neighborhoods. From this study it was found that grocery store owners want neighborhoods to have a certain demographic makeup and they want the land to be sizable and in a good high traffic location. Demographically grocery store owners focus on population density, and household income. With the land they want potential locations to have the space to accommodate a large store and a large parking lot. They also want substantial traffic counts, and ease of access to the property. To meet these expectations the inner city needs to change its business model to a more suburban styled model. This will take time, so to meet the more immediate needs of the inner city it was found that an alternate location at the edge of the inner city needs to be used. This alternate location can be called a zipper. Putting a grocery store on a zipper serves two communities and brings jobs and quality food to an inner city area that is in dire need of it.
Dedication: 
This is dedicated to the late Dr. James R. Henry who was the first Doctor in our family. I also dedicate this to my parents Robert Sr. and Theresa Henry. They gave me the upbringing and confidence to complete this task.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to thank my wife Delphine for encouraging me throughout my educational journey. Without her I would have never gone this far. I would also like to thank my son Roger Jr. for his patience throughout this journey. I would also like to give a big thanks to my Rhema Christian Center Doctoral family who gave great guidance and advice in times of trouble. Thank you to Joleta Howell, you did a great job editing. Maybe this will push you to work on your Doctorate. A thank you also goes out to Dr. Frank Czarny. Dr. C. you were a great mentor. Thank you for all of your help and advice. I also want to thank my committee members Dr. Robert Vecchiotti and Dr. Jamiel Vadell. Both of you challenged me to research and write at a higher level than I presented in my original submissions. Thank you all for being a part of this journey.