This study examines how the presence of other customers in a retail service environment influences an individual’s service brand experience (SBE). Previous research indicates individuals perceive other customers based on their similarity, overall physical appearance and behavior. Findings from this study show this perception of other customers (OCP) will influence an individual’s service brand experience. At the same time, a person’s state of mindfulness mediates the relationship between OCP and SBE and the resulting SBE has a positive influence on word-of-mouth. The results extend existing theory, present a number of managerial implications and provide a basis for further research.
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