According to this article, these big box retailers are planning significantly smaller stores for some areas. I can't speak for Home Depot, but I've been following Wal-Mart's business practices for a while now. It seems like they're really struggling to find a new identity or something. They've been trying to attract more upscale customers by upgrading their stores and merchandise, but have only had limited, if any, success with that. Citizens are becoming stronger in their opposition to new big boxes, especially super Wal-Marts, in their communities. I'm not too sure that a much smaller store is going to help the company's image or even serve its original purpose - to provide lower price to its customers. However, I'm curious to see how this will pan out.