The retail “spot” and the retail “line”

January 25, 2007

Not sure if this is a good title for this, but talking of mixture, and related to our meeting discussion about adaptive centres, it is interesting to see the combination of a modern shopping complex working “together” with the high street in several suburban centres such as:

High Barnet – The Spires

Bromley – The Glades

Kingston – Bentalls Shopping Centre

It doesn’t look like a conflict, but maybe even a more accessible (and easy to perceive) form of shopping experience, having a dense point (shopping complex) and a strolling line (high street) together. Obviously these examples above are in quite prominent sub-centres, which are able to accommodate such complexes and provide them with services and customers.

Finding out how they “work together” or create “mutual harm” for each other could be interesting. The internal layout of the complex itself, i.e. “does it act as an alternative route between locations of traditional importance? How does it orientate people to perceive the high street?” could be points to look at.



One Response to “The retail “spot” and the retail “line””

  1. SG Says:

    I agree this is a distinctive feature of many of the suburban High Streets we have looked at. The Walnuts Centre in Orpington, I suspect, works less well. If this is the case it would be interesting to know why.

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