What is the word for a group of businesses all selling the same product in the same location? For example, many cities have streets lined only by jewelry stores, clothing shops, or some other specific type of merchant.

I'm looking for a way to describe that situation, something similar to the word hub .

  • I don't know if it works for outside vendors, but a word referring to multiple vendors in one shop is colocated. (one l; two l's is a different word) Also market might be applicable, as in farmers' market, flea market. – RichF Feb 16 '17 at 2:00
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    can also be known as a district if it’s big enough. See New York’s Garment District for example. – Jim Feb 16 '17 at 3:43
  • hub is for transportation, trucks, airports and buses, for example. – Lambie Feb 5 at 23:41
  • In Philadelphia, the term is "row": The most touristy and externally known is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewelers%27_Row,_Philadelphia but there is also a Fabric Row and a Cooks Row. – user662852 Feb 6 at 4:51

Often in a city an area where the same businesses trade is known as a quarter - as in the Jewellery Quarter

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It's a form of clustering called:

Retail Clustering

  • The grouping of stores based on common store and demographic characteristics.

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