Research Reports

SUPERMARKETS, STREET TRADERS AND SPAZA SHOPS: SPATIAL DETERMINANTS OF FORMAL RETAILERS’ IMPACT ON INFORMAL MICRO-ENTERPRISES IN PHILIPPI, CAPE TOWN

Published 26 February 2019, by Andrew Charman, Sophie Bacq and Kayla Brown

Publication: FOOD SECURITY SA RESEARCH REPORT SERIES

There is growing concern around the impact of formal retailers and supermarkets, in particular on marginalised urban communities in developing countries. This report unpacks the impact of formal retailers on informal micro-enterprises through a case study in Philippi East township, Cape Town. The cases focuses on a high street precinct which encompasses a number of formal food retailers and supermarkets. Supermarkets are the main supply of household food (in value terms), with residents spending about one third of their food purchases at one of three outlets.

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