Superstores Q & A DCP Section 13.1

This section is concerned with larger retail developments which we have defined as superstores. Table 3 in PPS6 'Planning for Town Centres' and the Annex to SPPG8 in Scotland, provide a typology of retail development. This section covers the following types: • Superstores: Self-service stores selling mainly food, or food and non-food goods, usually with more than 2,500 square metres trading (net) floorspace, with supporting car parking. Superstores on the whole tend to sell food and convenience goods including drinks, newspapers/magazines and confectionery. However grocery retailers are increasingly diversifying into comparison goods including clothing, shoes, CDs, DVDs, electrical, household and books. • Retail warehouses: Large stores specialising in the sale of household goods (such as carpets, furniture and electrical goods), DIY items and other ranges of goods, catering mainly for car-borne customers. • Retail parks: An agglomeration of at least 3 retail warehouses. • Warehouse clubs: Large businesses specialising in volume sales of reduced priced goods. The operator may limit access to businesses, organisations or classes of individual. • Factory outlet centres: Groups of shops specialising in selling seconds and end-of-line goods at discounted prices. • Regional and Sub-regional: Out-of-centre shopping centres which are generally over shopping centres 50,000 square metres gross retail area, typically comprising a wide variety of comparison goods stores. Food stores (supermarkets) of less than 2,500 sq.m. net are considered at (13.3) and town centre developments in the form of new precincts or malls are discussed at (13.2)

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