Marketplace AM for December 27, 2004
When Ely, Nevada's 4,000 residents heard their only department store was going to close, they went out of their way to attract Wal-Mart and other merchants. Faced with 200 mile-trips to purchase life's necessities, the town's leaders opened their own department store. Robin Urevich reports.
Big Box stores like Home Depot and Borders will be bustling even more than usual today as people scout for post-Christmas bargains. For better or worse, Robert Spector, author of "Category Killers" says these kinds of stores have come to dominate America's retail landscape. He joins host Matthew Algeo about some of the challenges they face as they continue to grow.