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Understanding store development programmes in post-property-crisis UK food retailing


  • N Wrigley


This paper contrasts conflicting interpretations of the UK food store development process in the late 1990s. In particular, an attempt is made to unpack critical dimensions of the debate which surrounds the Department of the Environment's Planning Policy Guidance Notes 6 and 13 and the so-called 'Gummer effect' which is seen as having actively discouraged green-field out-of-town development and provided a mandate for reinvestment in town centre retail development. By exploring new evidence on the changing economics of superstore development, the impact of tightened land-use planning regulation, and shifting patterns of capital investment, I provide a conceptual framework in which to understand a radically transformed retail development picture.

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  • N Wrigley, 1998. "Understanding store development programmes in post-property-crisis UK food retailing," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 30(1), pages 15-35, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:30:y:1998:i:1:p:15-35

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    1. Godfrey Yeung & Kim Leng Ang, 2016. "Online Fashion Retailing and Retail Geography: The Blogshop Phenomenon in Singapore," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 107(1), pages 81-99, February.
    2. Carlo Morelli, 2005. "Further reflections on the Golden Age in British multiple retailing 1976-1994: capital investment, market share and retail margins," Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 183, Economic Studies, University of Dundee.
    3. Srikanth Paruchuri & Joel A. C. Baum & David Potere, 2009. "The Wal-Mart Effect: Wave of Destruction or Creative Destruction?," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 85(2), pages 209-236, April.
    4. Carlo Morelli, 2002. "The Determinants of Growth in Multiple Retailing in Britain," Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 132, Economic Studies, University of Dundee.

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