Indexed on: 28 Feb '20Published on: 21 Jun '19Published in: Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education
. Implementing food stores in deprived neighborhoods to improve access to healthy food is a debated topic. . To uncover important contributors to the closure of grocery store interventions in urban food deserts. . We systematically reviewed both peer-reviewed and gray literature for publications on the failure of grocery store interventions. . We found nine articles on six different failed food stores. The reasons stated for closure included low sales, a lack of food retail experience, poor marketing, and difficulty in attracting and retaining a high volume of consumers from the local market. . Current literature on the topic of the closure of inner-city grocery stores does not have a concise rationale to explain why inner-city grocery store interventions were not successful. . We must consider the most appropriate interventions to improve food environments in food deserts using local and national policies to address the social determinants of health.