Data gathering, analysis and research were conducted across 43 pilot cities and towns in Zhejiang Province, China, concerning suitable location of clusters of commercial, community, and lifestyle services. These clusters are intended to stimulate domestic consumption and, in turn, boost China’s tertiary economy. Following a survey of China’s consumption activity, criteria were developed to qualify small cities and towns with regard to potentially viable improvements of services. This was accomplished primarily using available data at a variety of geographic scales. Further on-site survey activity was conducted among 20 of the pilot cities and towns under review in order to sharped the focus of assessments of service demand, supply and absorption, including spatial location opportunities for agglomeration of commercial, community and lifestyle services. Along the way a number of milt-variate and GIS-oriented techniques were deployed.