is a shopping hierarchy?
can be placed into a hierarchy based on the services they provide.
At the bottom of the hierarchy are small shops selling low order,
convenience goods (e.g. bread and milk). At the top are the shops
selling high order goods (e.g. furniture and electrical goods).
was the British shopping hierarchy of the 1960's and 1970's?
diagram above shows the shopping hierarchy for Britain in the
1960s/70s. At the bottom are corner shops. These sell low order
goods. They are greater in number than any other shopping area.
Above the corner shops are suburban parades and secondary centres.
These sell middle order goods. This is usually a mixture of convenience
and specialist goods. There are usually several of these areas
within a large settlement. At the top is the CBD (central business
district - town/city centre). There is usually only one CBD in
a town or city. The CBD contains shops which sell comparison goods
(shops containing goods which you will compare the prices of -
due to their expense!), luxury and specialist shops.
is today's British shopping hierarchy?
you spot the difference between today's modern settlement hierarchy
with the hierarchy from the 1960's/70's?
CBD is no longer at the top of the shopping hierarchy It has been
superseded by regional shopping centres (e.g. Meadowhall, The
Metro Centre and Merryhill). Due to increased mobility (the result
of increased car ownership) people can travel further to shops,
visit shops with a wider range and volume of stock and buy in
have also been other, less obvious, changes in the settlement
hierarchy For example the number of corner shops have reduced.
This is the result of greater mobility, the limited and often
expensive range of goods available and due to more people being
paid monthly they buy in bulk from supermarkets.
In some areas CBDs have declined due to competition with regional
shopping centres. Dudley is an examples of this. The construction
of the Merryhill Shopping Centre has caused huge problems in Dudley
the local CBD. Many shops have closed or moved to the shopping