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Title: The food superstore revolution: changing times, changing research agendas in the UK
Other Titles: The food superstore revolution: changing times, changing research agendas in the UK
Authors: Hallsworth, Alan
de, Kervenoael Ronan
Elms, Jonathan
Canning, Catherine
Contact Email: j.r.elms@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Superstores
Long term change
choice
policy
methodology
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Hallsworth A, de Kervenoael R, Elms J & Canning C (2010) The food superstore revolution: changing times, changing research agendas in the UK, International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 20 (1), pp. 135-146.
Abstract: This paper considers the changing scope of research into UK food superstores over a 30-year period. Rather than catalogue changing market shares by format, we seek instead to show how change links to national policy agendas. Academic research has evolved to address the growing complexities of the social, technological, economic and political impacts of the superstore format. We exemplify this by tracing the progression of retail change in Portsmouth, Hampshire, over 30 years. We discover that academic research can conflict with the preconceptions of some public policymakers. The position is exacerbated by a progressive decline in public information – and a commensurate rise in factual data held by commercial data companies – that leaves policymakers with a choice of which data to believe. This casts a shadow over the objectivity of macro-policy as currently formulated. Concerns currently arise because the UK Competition Commission (2008 but ongoing) starts each inquiry afresh with a search for recent data. Furthermore, it has recently called for changes to retail planning – the very arena in which UK superstore research commenced.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/2481
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593960903498276
Rights: Published in the International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in the International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, Volume 20, Issue 1, February 2010, pp. 135 - 146. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0959-3969&volume=20&issue=1&spage=135
Affiliation: University of Surrey
Sabanci University
Marketing and Retail Division
Glasgow Caledonian University

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