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Retailing for communities: issues of inclusion and exclusion - guest editorial

Bennison, David J. and Hines, Tony (2003) Retailing for communities: issues of inclusion and exclusion - guest editorial. International journal of retail & distribution management, 31 (8). pp. 385-388. ISSN 0959-0552

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Local shopping is a topic that has been neglected for many years by both retail researchers and policy makers. However, in recent years it has come on to the agenda again, mainly because a number of government policy areas – including social exclusion, regeneration and sector competitiveness – have recognised the vital community role played by small shops, and the problems of maintaining their vitality and viability. Within that context, introduces the special issue of IJRDM which presents a number of papers on the general theme of retailing for communities that were given at the CIRM Conference held in Manchester on 13 September 2002. They fall into three main groups: local shopping areas; business strategy and operations; and, learning, training and support for small retailers. The papers illustrate the diversity of research that needs to be undertaken in this area, and there are close parallels with work being undertaken in other management and social science disciplines.

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