Aim of study
The aim of our investigation is to go to Bedford town centre and Bedford Retail Park to see the differences in them like how accessible, what types and quantities of shops there are.
1. What would be the difference to shopping in out of town centres to the traditional CBD? Look at the range and variety of shops.
2. How do you think out of town shopping have affected the types of shops in the CBD?
3. Would people prefer to go to out of town shopping centre to the CBD? If so why?
4. What actually attracts people to out of town shopping centres?
5. Do shoppers think it is easily accessible to park out of town?
6. Is it easier to park in out of town centres?
I think I will find out from the first question how wide and variety of shops in the town centre to out of town shopping. In the second question I think I will find out why the shops in the CBD changed because of out of town shopping centres. For the third question I believe I will find that why shoppers prefer out of town shopping to the CBD. For the fourth question I believe that I will find out that if the out of town centres attract shoppers from a wide sphere of influence. I think I will find out that are out of town centres more accessible. For the last question i will find out if the parking is easier in the out of town centres.
Background information on retailing
A settlement provides the population with the goods and services that a settlement requires. The area surveyed by a settlement is called the catchment area. The bigger the settlement the more number of shops that the area can offer. Goods and services can be higher and low order. They can be specialist foods, convince goods and comparison goods. All the shops in towns and cities can be classified into department stores, chain stores and independent traders. Shopping has changed over the last 50 years. Shops were found in the CBD and on locally and never used to buy in a huge bulk because of the cost and...