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Vol. 5, no.1 1978

The ownership and employment patters of small shops : a case study in east Swansea /

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Figure 1
Road. Additionally, a substantial part of this area is also character-
ised by a number of isolated corner shops of all functional types
(fig. 1).
The retail trade structure of the area reflects to a large extent the
importance of these traditional retail patterns within the inner
suburbs of Swansea. Food trades, including general stores, account
for well over 46% of all retail establishments, with grocers and
general stores being by far the most ubiquitous (table 1). The second
most important category is that of household goods, a group that
embraces both the traditional hardware shop and the more recent
'Do-it-Yourself' type of store. In essence they all function as local
community shops, with very few involved in trade with people from
outside the immediate area.
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