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Hedonic and utilitarian shopper types in evolved and created retail agglomerations

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This paper focuses on the impact of hedonic and utilitarian values of shopping on retail agglomeration patronage issues, in particular on shopping behaviour and the perception of retail agglomerations. Our empirical study is based on a discussion of agglomerations' potential to attract utilitarian and hedonic shopper types. A sample of 2,139 customers were interviewed in a peripheral shopping mall as well as on an inner city shopping street and confronted with a multi-item scale operationalising shopping values as developed by Babin, Darden and Griffin (1994). Using a standard fuzzy c-means clustering algorithm we identified four distinct shopper types. The results show that hedonists are represented by a higher number of females, earn lower individual incomes and are less educated compared to utilitarians. A higher share of hedonists visited the shopping mall. Overall, they make more shopping trips to agglomerations, stay there longer, visit more stores and-depending on the agglomeration format-spend less than or the same amount as utilitarians. Finally, we see that those customers who are attracted by agglomerations because of atmospheric and price stimuli are typical hedonists.

Keywords: hedonic and utilitarian shopping orientation; retail agglomeration; retail patronage; shopping behaviour

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute for Retail Studies, Department of Marketing, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK 2: Institute for Retailing and Marketing, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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