‘Big-box stores with big-city plans’

### npr.org December 21, 2010
Big-Box Retailers Move To Smaller Stores In Cities
By Franklyn Cater
Retailers have been following the growth of the suburbs for decades, setting up in shopping centers and big-box strip malls far outside the core of major American cities. Department stores that stayed in big-city downtowns have suffered. Others didn’t stay — they closed up altogether.

But a reversal of that trend is becoming apparent. Big-box retailers — companies that built their discount businesses out where land was cheap and space was plentiful — are now moving inward.

Both Wal-Mart and Target are prime examples of big-box stores with big-city plans. They’re aiming at the likes of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Architecture, Construction, Economics, Geography, Site, Town planning, Urban design

4 responses to “‘Big-box stores with big-city plans’

  1. Elizabeth

    Hmm. Land zoned for light industrial use…

    ### ODT Online Sat, 8 Jan 2011
    Green Island retail complex planned
    By Chris Morris
    Plans for a multimillion-dollar retail complex in Green Island, to be built inside a refurbished old iron roller mill building, are to be presented to the Dunedin City Council within weeks. The project would see the restoration of the run-down building beside Irmo St, creating a more open space of up to 5000sq m for a mix of retailers.
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    DCC – when can we get our long-awaited Urban Design Panel??? We’ve asked and we’ve asked and we’ve asked.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Wed, 16 Mar 2011
      Chch quake delays plans for roller mill
      By Chris Morris
      Plans for a multimillion-dollar retail development in Green Island are proceeding, despite delays triggered by the Christchurch earthquake, the man behind the project says. The proposed retail complex – which has already generated some community opposition – would mean restoration of the run-down iron roller mill building in Irmo St, creating a 5000sq m mixed retail space.
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