Ghostboxes: What's left behind when Target shuts its doors?

Feb 5, 2014
Best Buy, Sears, Kmart have closed hundreds of stores since 2011 -- and Target's not far behind. But shuttering big-box stores has unanticipated consequences
Target customers protest the closing of their local store this past Saturday in Trotwood, Ohio.  Residents organized a "shop-in" to display the town's buying power.  But Target plans to close this store, and 7 others across the country, on May 3rd.
Lewis Wallace

Best Buy 3.0? The big box reinvented

Nov 19, 2013
Best Buy avoided the fate of other big box electronics retailers like Circuit City, but the company is still threatened.

Welcome to Walmart, would you deliver a package for us?

Mar 28, 2013
Walmart is reportedly considering using customers at its brick-and-mortar stores to deliver packages to online customers.

An OfficeMax, Office Depot merger could spell bad news for big-box stores

Feb 19, 2013
While many market analysts have been touting the recent spate of mergers and acquisitions as a sign of business confidence, the trend might be more out of necessity.

Uncorking what keeps independent liquor stores afloat

Dec 7, 2012
Conventional wisdom says that big-box stores and supermarket chains offer cheaper alcohol than independent shops. But private liquor stores offer something big retailers can't.

Best Buy puts the lid on big boxes

Mar 29, 2012
As more shoppers move online, the chain has been caught with too many stores and not enough customers. So, Best Buy will close a slew of its big box stores and open many smaller ones.

How can we repurpose dead malls and big box stores?

Aug 26, 2010
I did a story about Costco's decision to lease out space at a couple malls around the country. (Listen here.) It got me wondering about other, l...

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