An Analysis of the Economic Impacts of Big-Box Stores on a Community’s Retail Sector: Evidence from Maine

This study examines the effects of big - box stores on the change in the number of retail stores operating in a market area. Our econometric results suggest that the presence and growth of big - box retailers has a positive net effect on retail establishment growth in Maine. We found no evidence that big - box stores have any impact on the net change in hardware stores, but did find a positive impact on the net change in the number of restaurants. An additional noteworthy finding of this study is that there appears to be a “saturation point” at which the effect of an additional big - box store becomes negative, a likely result of too much competition in a community’s overall retail sector.


Issue Date:
Dec 01 2016
Publication Type:
Journal Article
ISSN:
1090-4999
Language:
English
Published in:
Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Volume 46, Issue 2
Page range:
138-153




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