How Did the Large-Scale City Center Retail Redevelopment Change Consumer Shop-Around Behaviors?: A Case of the City Center District at Fukuoka City, Japan

  • Saburo SaitoEmail author
  • Masakuni Kakoi
Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 19)


At the city center of Fukuoka City, a core city of Northern part of Kyushu island in Japan, large-scale retail developments have completed one after another within 2 years of 1996–1998. They include openings of two new department stores and one new large commercial complex and one enlargement of shop-floor area of an existing department. As a result, the total increase of shop-floor area becomes 13.4 ha. If restricted to the central commercial district of “Tenjin,” the total shop-floor space of the department stores has drastically been expanded to 2.7 times the previous one. Such a rush of large-scale retail developments is quite a rare event. Thus, the case of Fukuoka City gives a valuable occasion to investigate the effect of redevelopment on the structure of city center since, to our knowledge, few empirical research have been carried out to identify the effect of redevelopment based on a behavioristic standpoint.

This study has conducted three on-site surveys of consumer shop-around behaviors before and after the actual developments at the city center of Fukuoka City and identified their effect on the structure of city center as the changes in consumer shop-around behaviors among retail establishments using Markov shop-around model.


Shop-around behavior Kaiyu Center of gravity City center structure Retail redevelopment Development effect on consumer behaviors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsFukuoka UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Fukuoka University Institute of Quantitative Behavioral Informatics for City and Space Economy (FQBIC)FukuokaJapan

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