Big Box Retail

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Ever since the early 1900’s large chain stores, also known as Big Box retailers have been appearing in the country. They did not start off as large chain stores. The owner of Wal-Mart started his business with a small retail store in Michigan . After seeing a large gross of money for discounted goods, he decided to expand. The same goes for the owners of the Target and K-Mart stores. Now those companies are grossing more than $10 million annually. Big-box store is a term that refers to a style of physically large chain store, and by extension to the company behind the store. The terms superstore, mega store, and super center also refer to the retail establishments. Big-box store characteristics include: Large, free-standing, rectangular, generally single floor structure built on a concrete slab. The flat roof and ceiling trusses are generally made of steel and the walls are concrete block clad in metal or masonry siding. Floor space several times greater than traditional retailers in the area. In North America , generally more than 50,000 square feet, sometimes approaching 200,000 square feet, though varying by the area and market. In countries where space is somewhat limited, such as the United Kingdom , the relevant numbers are a fraction of that. Location in suburban or rural areas, often in proximity to freeway cloverleaf intersections, as opposed to downtown shopping districts. This design provides space for a large amount of merchandise and serves as an enormous billboard to attract customers. It is particularly favored by volume and discount retailers. Superstores should not be confused with ware house stores, such as Sam’s Club, and Costco. While many superstores are as large as some warehouse stores, superstores do not require the customer to purchase large quantities of items or to become a member. The superstores provide the bulk

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