Voters Reject Massive Big-Box Complex in Mendocino County, California

Date: 9 Nov 2009 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Despite being outspent 12-to-1, a grassroots group campaigning against a plan to build a massive big-box complex in Mendocino County, California, won a decisive victory when voters rejected the project by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. … Read More

Death of the Category Killers

Date: 23 Jun 2009 | posted in: Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Borders Books is on "death watch," according to one industry observer. Virgin shut down its last U.S. record store this month. Office Depot and Staples are struggling.  Circuit City is gone.  Best Buy has launched a desperate ad campaign.

While the decline of independent businesses has leveled off, the rest of the retail sector is undergoing dramatic consolidation as a small number of massive companies become ever more dominant. This is an ominous trend for manufacturers and consumers, and it exposes serious flaws in U.S. antitrust policy.  … Read More

Leslieville Group Stops Big-Box Shopping Center

Date: 13 Mar 2009 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The grassroots group, East Toronto Community Coalition, was awarded for its efforts when the Ontario Municipal Board rejected a developer’s plan to bring a big-box plaza to the Toronto neighborhood of Leslieville.… Read More

Four Corporate Tax Loopholes States Should Close

Date: 12 Mar 2009 | posted in: Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Doing so would ease budget shortfalls and restore a measure of fairnessfor small businesses, which lack access to these loopholes and end upshouldering a heavier tax burden than their big competitors. Some evidence even suggests that leveling the playing field may help spur entrepreneurialism and job growth.… Read More

How Big are Big-Box Stores?

Date: 23 Dec 2008 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wal-Mart and Target are currently building "supercenters," which combine their usual array of merchandise with a full supermarket and numerous specialty services from cut flowers to eye glasses. Supercenters typically range from 180,000 to 250,000 square feet, or between 4.1 to 5.7 acres. The parking lots that surround these stores are several times the size of the store itself.… Read More

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9