Motivational Monday: Why do competitors open their stores next to one another?

Now you might be thinking…. “uh, this doesn’t sound like it’s going to be very motivational”, but what could be more motivating than education? Or just being smart enough so that when one of your friends says “Why are all the estate agents/coffee shops/hairdressers right next to each other?”, you’ll be able to tell them exactly why.

This is something that I had wondered about for a while (because I’m a geek like that, and this is the kind of rubbish that flits through my brain all day long). Why are estate agents/coffee shops/hairdressers (delete as appropriate) always next to each other? Wouldn’t it make more sense for them to be spread apart?

If you want to know why (and it really does make so much sense when you understand why), then watch this great little video from TedEd.

See?? Learning can be fun!!

Have a good week everyone!

Victoria, xx

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  • Mia

    That was really interesting!
    In my town, there is a locally run bakery chain. Now there is a huge chain of bakeries opening in some cases right next door to the locally run bakery. They have done it to every shop they have. I think it’s such a shame that huge chains move in and in some cases cause independent shops to shut.
    Mia
    x

    • http://www.shabby-chic-home.com Victoria

      Hi Mia, I totally agree it’s such a shame when small independent stores are forced to shut because they just can’t compete. I guess this model of competitors being next to each other only really works if they’re on a level playing field. If one is a huge multi-national with massive buying powers and can offer much lower prices, then the little guy is always going to come off worse.

      Victoria.

  • http://aroundandaroundandupsidedown.blogspot.co.uk/ Vicky

    New follower from the 2014 blogger challenge. Can’t wait to see what you have in store.
    Love Vicky
    http://aroundandaroundandupsidedown.blogspot.co.uk/

    • http://www.shabby-chic-home.com Victoria

      Hi Vicky – nice to meet you! I’m really excited about all the things that have been going on today with the #2014BloggerChallenge bits. It’s going to make 2014 a really fun year for blogging I think.

      Victoria, x