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Telling the Story of a Street: Micro-Retail Change in Manchester from the 1960s

Warnaby, G and Medway, D (2017) Telling the Story of a Street: Micro-Retail Change in Manchester from the 1960s. History of Retailing and Consumption. ISSN 2373-518X (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper investigates locational change in one street - King Street in Manchester, England – in an attempt to analyse broader retail trends and evaluate their implications. Analysis of Goad plans dating from the mid-1960s reveal King Street to be a microcosm of locational trends in retailing, such as the increasing prevalence of the multiple retailer in urban centres. Also highlighted is the micro-spatial impact of store (re-)location decisions within a city centre by retailers. A focus on such issues at the level of the individual street highlights the complex specificity and nuanced nature of such trends.

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