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Convenience store location planning and forecasting - a practical research agenda

Wood, Steve and Browne, Sue (2007) Convenience store location planning and forecasting - a practical research agenda International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 35, (4), pp. 233-255. (doi:10.1108/09590550710736184).

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Purpose – This paper aims to compare the accepted techniques of location analysis in the food sector with the realities of “real world” forecasting in convenience store (c-store) retailing. To offer a conceptual framework for c-store operators intending to become more strategic in their small store location planning but currently lacking established expertise or extensive research budgets.

Design/methodology/approach – Outlines potential best practice based on industry experience, and contact and discussion with location analysts and retail consultants, as well as a wide ranging examination of the academic literature in this area.

Findings – Finds that the traditional techniques of market analysis for large-scale food stores will become largely redundant; that neighbourhood retailers are likely to manage their location decision-making by incremental steps; that the requirements of convenience store forecasting inevitably read to a “back to basics” approach to market analysis; that the use of site visits in combination with more quantitative techniques will provide the most effective solutions; and that reconciling human institutions and their environment is key to effective site research decision-making.

Originality/value – Academic conceptualisations of location planning in the convenience store sector are largely absent from the literature. This paper adopts a practical perspective.

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Published date: 2007


Local EPrints ID: 178221
ISSN: 0959-0552
PURE UUID: 3cf91765-72af-4ca9-b9f2-bb3756051397

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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2011 09:36
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:04

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Author: Steve Wood
Author: Sue Browne

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