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

Date: 23 Sep 2016 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

In the first episode of our new podcast series, “Building Local Power,” 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.… Read More

For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal

Date: 16 Jun 2015 | posted in: governance, Retail, The Public Good | 15 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Under what has become known as the “dark store” method, big-box retailers are declaring their busy stores to be functionally obsolescent and therefore nearly worthless for tax purposes —and they’re winning big judgments for back taxes. It’s the latest example of the way that, even as local governments continue to bend over backwards to attract big-box development, these stores are consistently a bad deal for communities.                … Read More