Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Retailing and Tourism Management (MSRTM)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Retailing and Tourism Management

First Advisor

Dr. Tracy Lu

Second Advisor

Dr. Jason Swanson


The purpose of this research was to evaluate consumer response based on two distances (12 and 24 inches) between tables in a fast-casual restaurant. An onsite survey was conducted to measure customers’ cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to questions on pleasure, privacy, stress, arousal, comfort, control, customer satisfaction, and future dining intentions based on their experience with the table spacing. Results showed that table spacing has an effect on diner’s pleasure, feelings of privacy, and sense of comfort and control. The results confirmed a strong correlation between customer satisfaction and future behavioral intentions.

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