20 out of 31 municipalities in the district do not have a supermarket. A study by the University of Würzburg examined local supply more closely. This is how the district fares.
How do I get something to eat? Man has asked himself this question since prehistoric times. Although the framework conditions have now simplified, the supply of food is still a central issue for mankind. “In the district of Kitzingen, the closest supply location is on average easily accessible by car from all communities,” states a study by the Center for Regional Research (ZfR) at the University of Würzburg on behalf of the IHK Würzburg-Schweinfurt. With the help of the study, the IHK wants to provide the municipalities with assistance so that they can see where there is still room for improvement. In a press release by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it also states that the situation in some places in Lower Franconia can still be improved and that there are major differences in what is on offer and how accessible it is.
The study differentiates between accessibility with motorized individual transport, i.e. car, motorcycle or similar, and accessibility on foot. There are also different qualities of local supply for the authors. On a total of six levels, a distinction is made between no local supply to the availability of discount stores and large grocery stores. This editorial team took a closer look at the research work and answered the most important questions for the district.
How is the supply in the municipalities in the Kitzingen district?
According to the study by the University of Würzburg, 90 percent of the cities and municipalities have at least one small grocery store, i.e. a baker, butcher or village shop. Almost 30 percent of the municipalities have a small or large supermarket, but that also means that 20 out of 31 municipalities in the district do not have a discount store or a supermarket.
Examples are shown in the following graphic, which includes the markets in the larger cities.
How far is the local supply on average?
Almost 98 percent of the citizens of the Kitzingen district can reach a level 6 local supply within ten minutes by car. That means a large supermarket and a discounter with all levels and prices of the food range are available. On average, it only takes around three and a half minutes to get to the nearest grocery store in the Kitzingen district. For people who don’t have a car, the situation is much worse. Over 70 percent of the population only have a butcher, baker or village shop within a ten-minute walk.
Where is the best food supply in the district and where is the worst?
In addition to the middle center Kitzingen, which has very good local supplies, the sub-center Wiesentheid and smaller communities such as Obernbreit or Mainbernheim also stand out positively. With more than 2500 inhabitants, a local supplier in a community is worthwhile. Both Obernbreit and Mainbernheim have fewer residents, but still have a supermarket in the municipality. The proximity to Ochsenfurt (Würzburg district) and Kitzingen also play a positive role here for the small communities. The residents of Wiesenbronn, Nordheim, Martinsheim and Castell have the longest route to a business.
None of these communities, all of which have around 1,000 inhabitants, have their own grocery store. According to the study, however, these four municipalities with approximate purchasing power values of two million euros can hardly be developed as supermarket locations. This would require purchasing power of around five million euros. It takes an average of six to seven and a half minutes by car to get to the nearest local supplier.
How does the district of Kitzingen compare to other districts in Lower Franconia?
On average, you have to drive just under seven minutes in Lower Franconia to reach a good, medium-sized local supply. In the district of Kitzingen, this value is around six minutes and 15 seconds. A look at the neighboring districts also shows that Kitzingen is doing well. In the city and district of Schweinfurt, this value is about 6.45 minutes. Only Würzburg is better off with exactly six minutes. All of the other districts in Lower Franconia are sometimes well above the seven-minute mark.
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