Prof Michael Widener provides insight for the Pacific Standard on convenience stores and food access in low-income nighbourhoods

According to Widener, convenience stores are aware of where low-income people spend their money—and they choose their locations very deliberately. “Different types of retailers are making very calculated decisions about where they want to set up shop,” he says. “Oftentimes it’s a cold, calculated decision. They use market research, demographic information, computer models, and say this is going to be place to maximize profit, considering land costs.”