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Title: The independent small shop in Scotland: a discussion of roles and problems
Author(s): Smith, Andrew P
Sparks, Leigh
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Keywords: small shop
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: Smith AP & Sparks L (2000) The independent small shop in Scotland: a discussion of roles and problems, Scottish Geographical Journal, 116 (1), pp. 41-58.
Abstract: Small shops are a curious paradox. When small shops are mentioned, the independent retailer is often brought to mind. Yet, many small shops are operated by multiple retailers. Given the multiple expansion, there is a need to understand the roles and problems of the independent small shop in Scotland. Whilst Scotland may be no different in this regard to other parts of the UK and the world, its geography and new Parliament might suggest new solutions. This paper examines the roles and problems of the independent small shop before examining some of the solutions adopted in particular rural areas. A plea for a better understanding of such retail facilities is made.
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