Saint Index: Supermarkets

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74% of Americans say they’d support a local supermarket project

HINGHAM, MA — August 27, 2010 —The economic recession has made Americans more willing to support new commercial projects in their community, and a supermarket is the second most-supported type of development, according to the 2010 U.S. Saint Index.

Of 1,000 adults interviewed nationwide, 68 percent said they are more likely to support new projects in their hometown in light of the current economic situation. That is up nearly 10 percent from one year ago, according to the annual Saint Index© survey of U.S. attitudes about real estate projects and development.

Only single-family housing has more support than a grocery store when it comes to a local real estate development project, according to the Saint Index.

Seventy-four percent of Americans say they would support a local supermarket project. Opposition to a local supermarket project was 24 percent, down from 29 percent a year ago. The highest level of opposition to a supermarket in the five years of Saint Index surveys was 33 percent in 2006.

Download full press release: Saint Index Supermarket-Grocery 8-27-10

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