Can big box retailers think outside the box? A few years ago the idea of a pedestrian friendly big box store would have been laughable, but as city living becomes more and more popular the major chain retailers are taking note and beginning to build urban format stores.
This post will examine several examples of existing or planned urban big boxes from around the country, including entries from Target, Walmart, and Home Depot, among others.
Of the largest big box retailers, Target seems to be the most progressive with regards to urban design. They were the first to adopt a pedestrian friendly format for new stores, way back in the late 1990s, and seem to have the most examples of urban stores today.
Not to be outdone by its rival, Walmart is getting into the game with proposals for urban stores in New York and Washington, DC. These two renderings come from active (but as yet unbuilt) proposals in Washington:
H Street proposal. Rendering by Walmart.
Georgia Avenue proposal. Rendering by Walmart
Here are some more examples of urban big boxes from around the US: