Series 14 Vol 3 Special Issue (2020)
Articoli

Retail in Sicily: an Overall View

Girolamo Cusimano
Dipartimento di Culture e Società, Università di Palermo
Salvatore Cannizzaro
Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche, Università di Catania
Maurizio Giannone
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Aziendali e Statistiche, Università di Palermo
Donatella Privitera
Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione, Università di Catania

Published 2021-06-21

Keywords

  • large-scale organized distribution,
  • suburbs,
  • localization,
  • micro-enterprises,
  • flexibility

Abstract

In Sicily, the retail sector shows changes both from a structural point of view, with an increase in large-scale distribution at the expense of small businesses, and spatially, through the transfer of many commercial activities to the suburbs of cities or to extra-urban areas. This is a phenomenon that can also be observed in the rest of the country. The analysis of the most recent statistics in the sector, however, seems to highlight a significant flexibility of a part of the fabric of Sicilian commercial enterprises due to the widespread presence of small commercial businesses on the regional territory.