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The Dark Store Tax Dodge of Big-Box Retailers – Episode 1 of the Building Local Power Podcast

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Welcome to the first episode of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s newest podcast series, “Building Local Power.”

In our first episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Olivia LaVecchia, a research associate with our Community-Scaled Economy initiative, about her work on the “dark store” strategy that big-box retailers have been using to slash their property tax assessments.

“A lot of our systems are set up to privilege big-box stores and these bigger companies,” says LaVecchia. “There’s this narrative out there that locally owned businesses can’t compete, when really that’s not what’s going on. They’re competing pretty well considering they have to swim upstream a lot of the time.”


For more information, take a look at our article on the tactic, “For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal.”

Audio Credit: Funk Interlude by Dysfunction_AL Ft: Fourstones – Scomber (Bonus Track). Copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license.

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Nick Stumo-Langer is the Communications Manager for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance working with all five initiatives.

Living on multiple forms of social media, he operates and manages ILSR’s Facebook and Twitter profiles as well as pitches our reports and experts for reporters. A 2015 grad of St. Olaf College, Nick is a native of White Bear Lake, MN.

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