Big-box giants downsize, open smaller, urban stores
As U.S. chain retailers absorb the lessons of the Great Recession, many big-box chains have started to shrink average store footprints to reflect the growing importance of multi-channel shopping, adapt to urban settings, and recognize the need to optimize portfolios.
Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and the Gap, among others, all have small concepts in the works or are adapting existing ones. These smaller store formats should allow the retailers to maximize profitability and open more stores in closer proximity to each other.
Source: Retail Traffic