Big Box Retail

January 23, 2018, 9am PST
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.
Modern Cities
October 17, 2017, 7am PDT
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.
The Business Journals
July 8, 2017, 1pm PDT
Macy's sees opportunities to improve the shopping experience by activating empty parking lots.
Modern Cities
June 16, 2017, 2pm PDT
The nation's largest brick and mortar retailer gearing up to fight rival Amazon's brick and mortar grocery concept.
Modern Cities
May 23, 2017, 11am PDT
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.
Denver Post
March 6, 2017, 12pm PST
The Minneapolis-based retailer is thinking big by betting on a small store and the urban revolution.
Modern Cities
December 5, 2016, 9am PST
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.
The Dallas News
Blog post
February 29, 2016, 11am PST
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.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
November 1, 2015, 9am PST
For the center of the hipster universe, the Brooklyn Chamber's recommendations may come as a surprise.
Crains New York Business
June 19, 2015, 9am PDT
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.
The Saint Index
June 13, 2014, 8am PDT
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.
Dallas Morning News
May 2, 2013, 7am PDT
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.
Better! Cities & Towns
December 4, 2012, 7am PST
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.
PlaceShakers
June 17, 2012, 1pm PDT
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.
The Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2012, 1pm PDT
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.
The Atlantic Cities
March 5, 2012, 10am PST
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
Good
February 27, 2012, 11am PST
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?
The Globe and Mail
June 19, 2011, 5am PDT
After being hidden in plain sight for decades, Canada now emerges as the hot spot for U.S. "international" investment.
Retail Traffic
April 19, 2011, 9am PDT
Styled after Harper's Index, this "Localism Index" suggests that local economies and independent businesses might just be making a comeback.
The Nation
December 23, 2010, 10am PST
Big box retailers are continuing to target urban markets, and finding new ways to squeeze their large sizes into dense urban settings.
NPR