Questions for Interviews

1. Where do you buy your food when you cook for yourself or your family?

2. What influences your choice of where to go to buy food? (Price, food selection, customer service, location, brand loyalty, coupons/ discounts, store architecture, etc.)

3. How have you noticed Williamsburg area grocery stores change during the time you have lived in the area?

4. Do you associate certain stores with a certain customer demographic in terms of race, class, or age? If so, what do you think influences that phenomenon and what makes you form those associations?

5. How do you feel about the evolution of grocery stores from small, local community gathering places to large, impersonal “super”-markets or is that a mistaken categorization of your impression of the changes that have taken place?

6. Do you support the idea of local grocery stores carrying local produce?


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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