In this paper the authors investigate enjoyment of the shopping experience, its influence on consumers’ intention to repatronise a regional shopping centre and the effect of gender differences on shopping enjoyment. Four dimensions of shopping enjoyment are proposed and a 16-item measure is developed to assess 536 consumer perceptions of the shopping experience across five counties in the United Kingdom. Findings indicate that shopping experience enjoyment has a significant positive influence upon customers’ repatronage intentions. Furthermore, men are found to have a stronger relationship of enjoyment with repatronage than women. The implications of these results are discussed, together with managerial implications, study limitations, and future research directions.
Bibliographical noteThis is an electronic version of an article published in Hart, Cathy; Farrell, Andrew M.; Reed, Gary; Stachow, Grazyna and Cadogan, John W. (2007) Enjoyment of the shopping experience: impact on customers’ repatronage intentions and gender influence. Service Industries Journal, 27 (5). pp. 583-604. ISSN 0264-2069. Service Industries Journal is available online at http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0264-2069&volume=27&issue=5&spage=583
- shopping experience
- regional shopping centre
- gender differences
- shopping enjoyment