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'Do large shopping centres have different types of Shops and larger Spheres of influence than smaller ones and how and why does this affect the shopping patterns of each centre.''

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'Do large shopping centres have different types of Shops and larger Spheres of influence than smaller ones and how and why does this affect the shopping patterns of each centre.'' By Funmi Eboreime 11cjm Geography coursework. CONTENTS COURSE STUDY GUIDE INTRODUCTION MAP PAGES * HOUNSLOW * BEDFONT * MINIMAX SECTION 1 AREA DESCRIPTION AND PHOTO EVIDENCES SHOP CLASSIFICATION TABLE SHOP CLASSIFICATION GRAPHS SECTION 2 SHOPPING QUESTIONAIRES COLLECTED STATISTICS SHOPPING STATISTICS GRAPHS SHOPPING STATISTICS DESCRIPTION SECTION 3 ANALYSIS OF SHOPPING STATISTICS SECTION 4 SPHERE OF INFLUENCE GRAPHS SPHERE OF INFLUENCE DESCRIPTION CONCLUSION AND EVALUATION. INTRODUCTION The aim of this piece of coursework is to produce a detailed report on the hypothesis stated below: 'Do large shopping centres have different types of shops and larger spheres of influence than smaller ones and how and why does this affect the shopping patterns of each centre' This report is based on the topic 'people and places'' it has to do with people's shopping habits and patterns and different shops in three types of shopping centres. The three different places I would be studying are Hounslow, Bedfont and Minimax. To prove my hypothesis right or wrong I am going to visit all three shopping centres and inquire from various people I meet the following six questions. * Are you here for shopping? * Where they came from? * What distance have they travelled? * What means of transport did they use? * What they intend to buy? * How often do they shop here? I will record the answers on a questionnaire to show how busy each area is and how far people travel to shop there. I will also record my data in graphs and pie chart. After this I would classify the three different shops and show graphs with explanations of the classification. I will also take pictures of each of the three shopping centres and explain how well structured they are. I will then collate my results with all the evidence and answer my hypothesis. ...read more.

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It is easier and quicker for them to get there. Hounslow HOUNSLOW IS A LARGE SHOPPING AREA. IT IS LOCATED IN A LARGE CENTRAL BUISNESS DISTRICT (CBD). IT HAS A HIGH VARIETY OF SHOPS. THESE SHOPS RANGE FROM HIGH AND MIDLE ORDER SHOPS, WHICH DEAL WILL SELLING OF ITEMS LIKE TOYS AND SHOPS TO SUPERSTORES. HOUNSLOW ALSO HAS SHOPS THAT CAN SUITE ANY CLASS OF INDIVIDUALS LIKE THE POUNDLAND AND 99P STORES. FOR PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES, IT HAS PLACES OF RELAXATIONS LIKE EATERIES SOME OF WHICH IS K.F.C., MCDONALD'S AND PIZZA HUT. FROM TIME TO TIME PEOPLE GET TIRED FROM WALKING AND HOUNSLOW PROVIDES SITS FOR THEM TO RELAX. FIANALLY, HOUNSLOW HAS VARIOUS FORMS OF TRANSPORTS. THERE ARE BUS STOPS, YOU CAN CATCH A BUS TO HOUNSLOW HIGH STREET, AND THERE ARE ALSO CAR PARKS FOR MOBILE CUSTOMERS AND A TRAIN STATION. HOUNSLOW HIGHSTREET IS STRUCTURE IN SUCH A WAY THAT PEOPLE CAN WALK, IT IS PEDESTRIANED. BEDFONT BEDFONT IS SMALLER IN COMPARISON TO HOUNSLOW. IT HAS A LONG ROAD IN THE CENTRE WHICH LEADS TO STAINES. ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROADS THERE ARE SHOPS WHICH MAKE IT EASIER FOR CARS AND PEDESTRIANS TO GET ACESS. THERE ARE ALSO SOME BUSES WHO PLY THAT ROUTE E.G. H25, 203, H26. IT LACKS LARGE SPACE FOR CARS TO PARK AND PEOPLE HAVE TO PACK ACROSS THE ROAD OR INFRONT OF A STORE. BEDFONT CONSISTS OF A MIXTURE OF HIGH AND LOW ORDER SHOPS.THERE IS ALSO A BANK AND A LIABRARY DOWN THE ROAD. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW NUMBER OF SHOPS. SOME OF THESE ARE BUDGENS, A HAIRDRESSER, BARRY'S DISCOUNT AND THE BAKER'S OVEN, WHICH IS A MAJOR ATTRACTION TO MOST SHOPPERS. MINIMAX MINIMAX IS LOCATED IN FELTHAM. ALL IT SHOPS ARE BASICALY LOW ORDER WITH AN EXCEPTION OF AN ESTATE AGENT. IT ALSO HAS A FEW LOW AND MIDDLE ORDER SHOPS SUCH AS LONDIS, A BANK, TAKE AWAY SERVICES, HAIRDRESSERS, DENTAL SURGERY AND SO ON. ...read more.

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FROM THE UNSET OF THIS COURSEWORK I BELIEVED THE HYPOTHESIS WAS RIGHT. TO PROVE THIS I VISTED HOUNSLOW, BEDFONT AND MINIMAX AND CARRIED OUT SERIES OF RESEARCH AND THAT PROVED ME RIGHT. LARGER SHOPPING CENTRES HAVE LARGE SPHERES OF INFLUENCE. I KOW THIS BECAUSE I PERSONALLY CARRIED OUT AN INTERVIEW WITH THE SHOPPERS AND I DISCOVERED THAT MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WOULD TRAVEL FAR TO GET SERVICES AND VARIETY OF SHOPS FROM A LARGE SHOPPING CENTRE. UNLIKE THE SMALL SHOPS PEOPLE DON'T TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES BECAUSE THE SERVICES AND SHOPS RENDERED ARE NOT TO BE COMPARED WITH THE LARGE SHOPPING CENTRES. AS THE BIGGEST HOUNSLOW IS BETTER OF THE THREE AS IT CONTAINS MORE GOODS WHICH HAVE A VARIETY OF PRICES AND QUALITY AND BECAUSE OF THIS IT IS MORE POPULAR.IT ALSO HAS A LARGE INDOOR SHOOPING CENTRE WHICH ATTRACTS PEOPLE WHEN THEY WANT TO GO SHOPPING BUT FIND IT HARD TO BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS. THIS PIECE OF COURSEWORK WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PIECE OF WORK I HAVE EVER HAD TO CARRY OUT. IT REQUIRED TOTAL CONCENTRATION AND A LOT OF HARDWORK. I BELIEVE I GAVE IT MY BEST SHOT BUT THERE WAS CERTAINLY SOME LITTLE INPROVEMENTS I COULD HAVE ADDED TO IT TO MAKE IT MORE COMPREHENSIVE. SOME OF THE THINGS I WOULD HAVE DONE ARE: > I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN PICTURES OF THOSE I INTERVIEWED TO USE AS ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE. > I ALSO THINK I COULD HAVE ADDED SOME MORE QUESTIONS TO MY QUESTIONNAIRE LIKE: * TO THE MANAGERS OF EACH SHOP: 1. WHAT IS THE ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO VISIT YOUR SHOP? 2. WHAT PROFIT DO YOU MAKE AT THE END OF A WEEK? * TO THE SHOPPERS: 1. WHAT ARE THE STAFF LIKE I.E. ARE THEY COURTEOUS. 2. DO YOU ENJOY SHOPPING HERE? 3. HOW BUSY IS THIS SHOPPING CENTRE? THIS COUSREWORK WAS CHALLENGING AND I HOPE IF I COME ACROSS ANOTHER OF THIS SORT I'LL DO BETTER. 134 ...read more.

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