Recently the suburbs of Evergreen Park, and Oak Lawn, IL just outside of my part of Chicago granted leases to a Wal-Mart (95th and Western if you're familiar with the neighborhood) and a Target (95th and Keeler). Now 95th street is the main thorough fair for these as well as several other surburbs and a good chunk of Chicago, so it gets an absurd amount of traffic. Now of course I'm opposed to the Box stores as for what they are, and Wal-Mart for being, you know, Satan incarnate on earth. But these two stores have changed their pattern a little and I'm wonsdering if this makes them a little redeemed, or if it's not a worthy trade off.
the street these stores are on for the most part is smaller shops which run right up to the sidewalk, and except for the Home Depot next to the Target and a few Car Dealerships there are no Large Parking Lots (even the home Depot has the benefit of a Drivethrough Restaurant in their lot). What these stores have done is move their stores right up to the sidewalk....on the side and back. Wal-Mart's side is right on the sidewalk with some landscaping, it's parking lot in it's front and doesn't occupy much curbfront, even sharing curbcuts with the Adjacent Sams Club.
The Target, while less soul-less, made a bigger uh oh. It's back faces the busy street. You must enter then drive all the way around to get to the door. This store isn't finished but it appears to be planning to put something on the street side.
So what do you think, is maintaining line of sight and pedestrian friendlyness on the street (less curbcuts) worth the disapearing entryway and a store that seems to turn away from customers?