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Rural Food Deserts' Food Price Comparisons: Local Grocery Stores and Out-of-County WalMarts

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Rural grocery stores are a critical component of the rural infrastructure. Consolidation in the grocery store industry has resulted in the loss of many small town food stores. This gap in consumer food services has been replaced by new rural regional superstores such as WalMart, Kmart and Target. In this research we examine distances to out-of-county superstores and compare prices on 149 items drawn from the USDA Thrift Food Plan. While some items at the superstores were found to be less expensive or competitively priced, many items, such as 2% milk and white bread, were significantly higher priced. This pattern suggests that high demand items are likely to be more costly at the WalMartÂ’s surveyed compared to neighboring rural grocery stores.

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grocery, superstores, local
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Morton, Lois Wright. "Rural Food Deserts' Food Price Comparisons: Local Grocery Stores and Out-of-County WalMarts" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, Aug 10, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p125893_index.html>

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Morton, L. , 2006-08-10 "Rural Food Deserts' Food Price Comparisons: Local Grocery Stores and Out-of-County WalMarts" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p125893_index.html

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Abstract: Rural grocery stores are a critical component of the rural infrastructure. Consolidation in the grocery store industry has resulted in the loss of many small town food stores. This gap in consumer food services has been replaced by new rural regional superstores such as WalMart, Kmart and Target. In this research we examine distances to out-of-county superstores and compare prices on 149 items drawn from the USDA Thrift Food Plan. While some items at the superstores were found to be less expensive or competitively priced, many items, such as 2% milk and white bread, were significantly higher priced. This pattern suggests that high demand items are likely to be more costly at the WalMartÂ’s surveyed compared to neighboring rural grocery stores.

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