Set up shop: Economic geographer at UNT talk shares ways to pinpoint the ideal business location

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:52

What: “Progress and Problems in Retail Location Modeling” – Presented by the Visiting Scholar Lecture Series through the University of North Texas Economics Research Group, Department of Economics and Department of Geography and the Environment.

When/Where: 4 p.m. Nov. 1 (Tuesday) in Room 382 of the UNT University Union at 1155 Union Circle in Denton.

Cost: Free.

Parking: $2 per hour in the Union Circle Parking Garage at 350 Welch Street in Denton. Only credit cards are accepted.

 

DENTON, Texas (UNT) — Location, location, location. Profitable retailers know a good portion of the success of a brick-and-mortar store depends on its site – but not all companies know how to pick the ideal spot to do business.

The inaugural Visiting Scholar Lecture Series through the University of North Texas Economics Research Group, Department of Economics and Department of Geography and the Environment will frame this topic in ways that take the guesswork out of location selection. The free lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 (Tuesday) in Room 382 of the UNT The talk, “Progress and Problems in Retail Location Modeling,” will be led by Graham Clarke, a visiting scholar at UNT and a professor of business geography at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Renowned internationally for his cross-disciplinary work, Clarke is an expert in Geographic Information Systems, urban settings, spatial modeling and the usage of geography, space and location to enhance retail business growth.

“Dr. Clarke is one of the most gifted spatial economic modelers in the world,” says Michael Carroll, director of the Economics Research Group at UNT. “Bringing him to campus is part of the Economics Research Group’s commitment to connect the Dallas-Fort Worth business community with the best of the international academic community and, in the process, enhance the economic viability of our region.”

Clarke’s work focuses on location-planning strategies that can be pursued to encourage economic growth. He extensively researches food deserts, retail saturation, e-commerce, the growth of discount retailers, convenience retailing and small-area patterns of income and wealth in relation to retail, crime and health.

Clarke has been widely published in a number of academic and government  journals, including Geographical Review; Government and Policy; Revue D'Economie Regional et Urbaine; Environment and Planning; the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services; Population, Space and Place; Social Science and Medicine; and Spatial Economic Analysis.

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