Big Box Retail

Walmart Supercenter

Opinion: When New Growth Is Really a 'Giant Ponzi Scheme'

Development that depends on subsidies is not fostering true growth and instead is a financial house of cards.

December 27, 2019 - Marketwatch


Dollar General Unveils Urban Format Store For Millennials

Now proposing to add another 900 stores in 2018, Dollar General continues to rapidly expand throughout the U.S. However, their push for a smaller more urban format is something seriously worth watching.

January 23, 2018 - Modern Cities

Ross Dress for Less

Ross May Be Immune from the Amazon Effect

Ross Stores continues its expansion in the face of a much-foretold retail apocalypse. The shopping experience it provides may be one reason it can stand up to Amazon.

October 17, 2017 - The Business Journals


Macy's Looking To Monetize Unused Parking Lots

Macy's sees opportunities to improve the shopping experience by activating empty parking lots.

July 8, 2017 - Modern Cities


Walmart Takes On Amazon By Testing Out Grocery Pickup Store Concept

The nation's largest brick and mortar retailer gearing up to fight rival Amazon's brick and mortar grocery concept.

June 16, 2017 - Modern Cities

Sports Authority

As Big Box Retailers Fade, New Uses Are Springing Up

The end of the era of the big box retailer is leaving landlords with the difficult task of finding new tenants for the large, empty storefronts.

May 23, 2017 - Denver Post

Urban Target Express in Berkeley, CA

Target to Enter the Urban Market in Big Way to Boost Lagging Sales

The Minneapolis-based retailer is thinking big by betting on a small store and the urban revolution.

March 6, 2017 - Modern Cities

A New Twist for Downtown Dallas Big Box Proposal

A Dallas County judge threw a wrench in a controversial plan to build a 100,000-square-foot Sam's Club near Cityplace in Dallas.

December 5, 2016 - The Dallas News

Empty Retail

The Changing Nature of Retail: The Impact of Online Shopping on Cities

As consumers increasingly buy online, technology is changing the shape of our cities, reducing demand for retail space, increasing freight congestion, and leaving parking lots empty.

February 29, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Ikea in Brooklyn

Does Brooklyn Suffer From a Lack of Gas Stations? The Chamber of Commerce Thinks So

For the center of the hipster universe, the Brooklyn Chamber's recommendations may come as a surprise.

November 1, 2015 - Crains New York Business

Support for Walmart Grows Nationally

Opposition to Walmart is now holding at just 50 percent, when people are asked how they would feel if a Walmart was proposed "in your community." Support for Walmart is up 16 percentage points since 2006.

June 19, 2015 - The Saint Index

Uproar Over 'Surprise' Big Box Development in Dallas

The evolving story goes back to last summer, but media and stakeholders were caught off guard by the recent revelation that Trammell Crow Co. is planning to develop a 100,00 square foot Sam's Club in Dallas.

June 13, 2014 - Dallas Morning News

The Importance of Retail Design to the Future of Our Cities and Towns

Much of the future built environment will be determined by how commercial sites are developed, says Robert Steuteville. And it's up to cities and towns to demand better retail designs.

May 2, 2013 - Better! Cities & Towns

Do You Walmart?

Saying "no" to Walmart does not remove the wants and needs they exist to serve. If you want a more locally-oriented community, you need a more local-friendly system, says Scott Doyon.

December 4, 2012 - PlaceShakers

Big-Box Centers Are Too Big to Fill

Shopping center landlords are having trouble renting their big-box spaces after the fall of Borders Group Inc., reflecting a larger shift in the way Americans shop, reports Kris Hudson.

June 17, 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

Studying the Surprising Correlation Between Big-Box Stores and Hate Groups

Emily Badger reports on an intriguing new study that shows big-box stores may be even more closely correlated with the presence of hate groups than many of the factors that have long been used to explain them.

April 14, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Arrival of Big Boxes Serves As Point of Pride in Detroit

Tanveer Ali sees Detroit, where the impending arrival of retail behemoths has been greeted with enthusiasm by a city in desperate need of jobs and retail outlets, as an interesting test case for theories about the economic value of big-box stores

March 5, 2012 - Good

Is the Era of the Big-Box Ending?

Marina Strauss reports on the changing retail landscape, in which retailers such as Wal-Mart and Staples are counting on smaller stores to draw customers. As McMansions lose their luster, are over-sized retailers the next victim of changing tastes?

February 27, 2012 - The Globe and Mail

Opportunities for Big-Box Developments Abound Across the Northern Border

After being hidden in plain sight for decades, Canada now emerges as the hot spot for U.S. "international" investment.

June 19, 2011 - Retail Traffic

Are Local Businesses Making a Comeback?

Styled after Harper's Index, this "Localism Index" suggests that local economies and independent businesses might just be making a comeback.

April 19, 2011 - The Nation

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