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big box

(1) Large square or rectangular building with ample parking,suitable for a wide variety of retail tenants.(2) Regular users of such space, such as Wal-Mart,Target, or Home Depot. An example of usage is,“I'm working with a big box and need to find 12 to 16 acres to buy. Do you have anything?”

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As they are currently configured, most big-box stores are simply too uninteresting to drive enough traffic for their size.
The issue of what impact Wal-Mart and other big-box stores have on communities has bubbled up in recent years in cities across the nation.
Half of survey respondents said they purchased cosmetics at big-box stores, 39% made purchases at retail pharmacy outlets, 23% bought from department stores, another 23% made purchases from specialty beauty outlets and 22% said they bought cosmetics from online specialty beauty merchants, the company said.
At supermarkets and big-box stores, it sells in the $8 to $10 range.
While it is closing its big-box stores, Home Depot is maintaining a new formats team to continue research and development activities.
The CPI measure of food price inflation is based on a sample of food items selected from a sample of retail food outlets, "and the selection of stores has not been updated quickly enough to reflect the volume of food now sold through big-box stores," says ERS.
Minimum hourly wage that big-box stores like Wal-Mart must pay in Chicago by 2010, according to a new city ordinance.
The aldermen defending the bill claim that Chicago markets are so lucrative that the big-box stores will come no matter how frosty the reception in the apparent belief that the higher the cost the greater the demand.
The study showed that only $14 of every $100 spent at so-called big-box stores remains in the community where the store is located.
Customers are fickle and they have been abandoning the malls and are going to the big-box stores," he says.