Category Archives: Charity Shops

Embracing Failure in the Shadow of Success

This post’s title is the sub-title from a book I recently read.  It concerns Mick Channon Jnr and his relationship with his father, who he describes as “an arthritic workaholic grumpy old bastard” and only grudgingly as an ex England … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Bookmakers, Charity Shops, Closure, Consumer Lifestyle, Discounters, Heritage, High Streets, Local Retailers, Markets, Places, Planning, Pound Shops, Property, Regeneration, Retail Economy, Shopfronts, Social Inequality, Social Justice, Store Closures, Town Centres, Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Place Matters: Local Environmental Quality and Charity Retailing

Last Tuesday was one of those days where I was sort of double-booked, and ended up doing two conference presentations, though I prefer to think of it as enhanced academic productivity. In the morning, I presented on the strategic role … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, Environmental Quality, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Places, Public Realm, Retail Change, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Sustainability, Towns, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Retail change and why we fell in love with supermarkets?

My long-term colleague, Anne Findlay has just sent me a newspaper clipping that she recently found in her parent’s house. A quick bit of research (or Googling as we now call it) dated it to February 7th 1962. Anne knew … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Buildings, Charity Shops, Consumer Change, Consumer Lifestyle, Cooperative Group, Coopers, Food Retailing, Glasgow, Historic Shops, Planning, Retail Change, Retail History, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Spaces, Store Closures, Streetscapes, Supermarket, Urban History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Retailing in Scotland’s Largest Towns and Cities 2015

On Tuesday, ourselves at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling and the Local Data Company presented our third annual Retail Review of Scotland’s largest towns and cities. The headlines are that vacancy rates continue to fall, adjustment processes … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, Churn, Competition, Government, High Streets, Local Data Company, Places, Regeneration, Reinvention, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Services, Small Towns, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns, University of Stirling, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2nd Scottish Retail Summit 2nd December 2014

The Local Data Company/University of Stirling 2nd Scottish Retail Summit will be held on the 2nd December at KPMG in Edinburgh. The Summit will update our report from last year and reveal the new retail vacancy for Scotland and our … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, Convenience stores, ESRC, Government, High Streets, Independents, Local Data Company, Places, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scottish Grocers Federation, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns, University of Stirling, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Outs and Ins of Administration

Towards the end of last week the retail news was rather dominated by a Deloitte report based on Local Data Company data  (The changing face of retail: where did all the shops go?) suggesting that the death of the high … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, Churn, Closure, High Streets, Local Data Company, Pound Shops, Retail Failure | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Retailing in Scotland’s Towns and Cities II

Just prior to Christmas we launched our joint report with the Local Data Company on Scotland’s towns and cities and their retail structure. Details from then can be found here. I stated then that I would return to the topic … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, High Streets, Independents, Local Data Company, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments