An exploratory study of the relationship between store image, trust, satisfaction and loyalty in a franchise setting
AbstractThis study aims to shed insight on how young shoppers, between the
ages of 21 and 35, perceive, and relate to, franchise and corporateowned
stores in the supermarket industry. This is achieved by investigating the roles of store image, trust and satisfaction in predicting loyalty to a particular store type. By analysing empirical results, this study shows that compared to corporate-owned stores, consumers have an overall better perception of franchise stores, especially in terms of trust and customer satisfaction. Examining an integrative loyalty framework, the study shows diff erential eff ects in how Store Image elements infl uence customer Loyalty indirectly
through satisfaction, and how Trust elements infl uence customer Loyalty indirectly through Satisfaction.