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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.
Incumbent Kuperberg, who calls himself an environmentalist and says he has been instrumental in blocking big-box stores like Home Depot, said he has a tax-transfer plan that would help raise revenues to expand open space.
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.
But while it's true that such situations can be problematic, it's unclear why struggling big-box stores should have to be the ones to rectify the situation.
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.