I know this question has been asked alot for setting up one or two store groups and views but my situation is a bit different.
I need to set up 20+ store views to represent phsyical stores, URL like this: http://mywebsite.co.uk/store1
Seems pretty simple right but the 2 methods that are most well known:
1) Using sub directories, copying the index.php into them and symlinking the media etc folders - for every store this would grow out of hand pretty quickly with all the sub folders
2) set ENV variables in .htaccess or the vhost for each store which again would get unmanagable very fast
To be able to setup this many store views and keep it managable as well as easy to add more in the future, how would I go about it?