The big-box final frontier - Macleans.ca
 

The big-box final frontier

Wal-Mart was one of the few companies that actually benefited from the recession.


 

Thanks to its low-price focus, Wal-Mart was one of the few companies that actually benefited from the recession. Now, the retailing behemoth is hoping concerns about a “jobless recovery” will open up the one market Wal-Mart has yet to crack: big urban centres.

In Chicago, city councillors anxious to create jobs recently approved a Wal-Mart store that had previously run into local opposition. Wal-Mart is hoping it’s the beginning of a trend, and is reportedly contemplating smaller stores—about four per cent the size of a typical supercentre—that it can pack full of groceries and wedge into other big-city neighbourhoods.

Another concept is urban stores where customers can pick up items ordered over the Internet. Not only would that be convenient, it would save image-conscious city dwellers the embarrassment of being caught shopping in a chain often derided as a suburban blight.


 

The big-box final frontier

  1. More evidence of their inherent evil, I'm sure.

    • But of course! It's WRONG, you see, to contribute to the raised standard of living of poor people by finding every way possible in the supply chain to squeeze out unnecessary cost, thereby lowering the price of goods to be purchased. It's WRONG to raise the standard of living of poor people by hiring them to work in these evil price-cutting stores. And, most of all, it ought to be CRIMINAL to actually make a substantial profit by replicating this dizzyingly successful model across the country.

      Or something.