Chain store networks weave their web in Paris

Chain store networks weave their web in Paris

This note, which stems from the partnership with the City of Paris and the Paris Department Chamber of Commerce and Industry CCI, offers a panorama of commerce organised as networks in Paris in 2011 and explains their different localisation typologies, their evolution over recent years, future prospects of their spread into e-commerce and the creation/restructuring of commercial centres.

The characteristics of commercial networks :
  • The proportion of chain store networks in Paris is relatively low, 21% of shops and commercial services, however they occupy 41% of the commercial surface area offered to customers. A high proportion of large shops (over 300 m²) is  occupied by these networks, almost 88%.
  • The localisation of the networks differ forming three main typologies : commercial centres accommodate non- food products, commercial services and agencies are found along main streets, food shops form a fine web throughout the territory.
  • The number of chain store networks continues to increase but more slowly than in over the last period. The annual rise was 5.2% between 2003 and 2005, then 3% between 2005 and 2007, dropping to 1.3% between 2007 and 2001.
  • Very present on internet, chain store networks partly explain the growth of e-commerce whose development engenders new challenges, notably that of the urban logistics of transporting goods.

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