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    Retail occupancy and vacancy in King Street, Manchester: applying microhistorical principles to retailing

    Warnaby, Gary ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6696-6671 and Medway, Dominic ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6102-1716 (2022) Retail occupancy and vacancy in King Street, Manchester: applying microhistorical principles to retailing. History of Retailing and Consumption, 7 (3). pp. 232-260. ISSN 2373-518X

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on contemporary retail history, analysing trends in ground floor retail occupancy within King Street, Manchester, UK, from 1967 onwards, through an analysis of Goad shopping centre plan data over this period. The paper also considers the development of recent narratives relating to occupancy and vacancy within this street via documentary analysis of local media coverage. Over the period in question, analysis of occupancy of individual premises reveals a contrasting pattern of continuity and flux, with varying degrees of retail vacancy and the mix of retailers over the period changing from a heterogenous mix to one where fashion retailers predominate. The paper concludes by addressing the utility of a microhistorical approach in terms of explaining the developments in King Street over this period.

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