EXAMINATION OF THE CONSTRAINTS FACING SHOPPING CENTERS IN OLD RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS: A CASE STUDY OF OFAFA MARINGO ESTATE

ABSTRACT
Commercial development has seen a steady growth in most parts of the world due to
factors that affect the demand of consumers and majority of the developments have
strived to fit to the demands of consumers by facilitating them with quality and up to
date goods and service to satisfy their needs. This has seen commercial facilities that
were there in the 1960’s being replaced with better malls with a high capacity to
provide variety, convenience, ambience and entertainment to the users.
However, in old residential neighborhoods the story is different. There are shopping
centres that are devoid of the needs of the residents and also characterized by low
goods and service provision. The project endeavored to identify the constraints that
the shopping centre in Maringo faces and suggest a guiding policy and planning
framework as to how the function and operation of the shopping centre could be
improved.
As such, the research project examined these constraints with an intention of making
certain recommendations that would enhance the efficiency of operation in the
shopping centre. A systematic process of data collection was adopted. Data was
collected from primary sources such as the households, businessmen and the
customers and secondary sources such as books, journals and Government
publications.
The research established that the major constraints being faced included; inadequate
infrastructural facilities, crime, poor transport and accessibility networks, emergence
of private housing units, deteriorated structures and inadequate institutional capacity.
Further, the research recommended the following as the major prospects for future
improvement; redevelopment of the shopping centre into a neighborhood centre,
provision of infrastructural facilities and establishment of a body to run and manage
the shopping centre.

                                                  

 

 

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