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Chai-rise living? have picked up on research from CBRE considering which commercial premises are most popular in residential areas. This is likely to be of interest to those dealing with resi-led regeneration, and mixed use schemes. Coffee shops are top of the list, and there is a preference in theory for independent outlets rather than chains. 

Placemaking has always been crucial to the perceived success or failure of new developments, and it seems clear that people will still prioritise access to cafes and other social areas. 

However, the top six retailers that people wanted in their neighbourhoods were all food-focused. Here are the retail outlets participants rated as most preferable in a residential development:
70% - Coffee shop/patisserie
54% - Supermarket
54% - Restaurant
44% - Bar/wine bar
36% - Convenience store
34% - Delicatessen”