As I had already said some posts ago, the time allocated to the act of buying each good is a relevant figure. It is not only the time that you use, but also how often you do it. For a reason or another, you will not buy a wedding ring each month, or a car each quarter, or a paper notebook each week… This leads us to a relevant distinction among shops, according to the frequency by which you buy their goods: frequent buys (bakery, news agents, food in general) and non frequent buys (apparel, personal equipment, luxury, furniture…)
At least in Europe, and certainly in this dense city of La Coruña, this last category of unfrequent use shops is the key to retail centralities. You buy your bread on the way back home, but on saturday you flock to see the shops looking for that product you think long time about…
Jewelers are concentrated on the isthmus, and specially in Calle Real, the historical grand commercial street. Their pressence in the rest of the city is not a concentrated
Three hotspots appear for apparel stores: Calle real again, a more recent centrality in the ronda de Outeiro to the southwest (Calle Barcelona, an open commercial center around a pedestrianised street), and the densest spot in the El Corte Inglés department store and its surroundings.
Supermarkets are scatered along the city, but here only the largest ones appear.
Butchers are scatered following density. In the historical areas of the isthmus, they are less representative as they are often displaced by other retail uses.
Pharmacies are a higly regulated activity, location included. They are scatered across the city, as it corresponds to a frequent use item.
Bookshops include here also your neighborhood newsagent. Nevertheless, big bookshops in the central areas are apparent.