Print headline in USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/money/indust...5-bigbox_N.htm
Warning: Sam's Law
Print subheadline: As Wal-Marts close, cities can fill voids
Potentially interesting book, wonder if we see Julia Christensen speak at APA National or any state conference ?Some towns continue to block megastores because they object to their economic impact on local merchants and the traffic congestion they can create. But thousands of other towns across the USA that welcomed them face a growing challenge: What to do with the cavernous spaces left behind by retailers such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Kmart when they downsize or expand elsewhere.
Among the most unusual uses: An old Kmart in Austin, Minn., is the site of Hormel Foods offices and a museum dedicated to Hormel's famed meat product, Spam;
Julia Christensen spent six years documenting the trend in Big Box Reuse, a book to be published in November. She details how 10 communities turned vacant big-box stores into schools, a courthouse, church, museum and other civic organizations.
If your fair community has/ had one, what happened to it ?
In my city -
2 older K-Marts were taken over by Rural King (very little remodeling);
newer K-Mart was divided up into and finished as 4 stores with a wing addition for smaller shops (all occupied);
Sam's Club has been remodelled and occupied as a call center;
still have a big box still vacant after 5 yrs;
Home Depot converted into car dealership service center and show room;
one I have not seen in several yrs so I don't know what happened to it.