Document Type

Research Report

Original Publication Date



Prepared by the Fall 2019 Urban Commercial Revitalization Class, Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. John Accordino, PhD, FAICP.

Date of Submission

March 2020


Access to food is one of the most important aspects of a healthy, sustainable community. Grocery stores and other suppliers can serve as an economic anchor to provide social benefits to communities. Unfortunately, many communities do not have convenient and/or affordable access to grocery items, particularly fresh produce.

As part of Virginia Commonwealth University's Fall 2019 graduate course on Urban Commercial Revitalization, class members researched 13 retail and other food access options, which are described in this report. Each chapter covers a food access option and provides basic information that will be useful to individuals, organizations, or government agencies that wish to attract and/or develop grocery operations in their communities.


©2019 Virginia Commonwealth University

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Urban and Regional Studies and Planning Reports