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December 26th, 2004

Reusing the Big Box

I know I stole this link, but it’s the day after a holiday. Big Box Reuse shows what happens to big box stores once the boxes are empty (ho!) It’s a topic that’s been quite fascinating to me since Wired covered it years ago, and Glen Phillips committed the idea to song in “Fred Meyers.”

So what do we do with stores once they’re empty? Besides other stores, that is. I say apartments and condos.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday December 27, 2004 -- 12:50:47 am
What a cool link!

I think they would make great rec centers or indoor skate parks. Or skating rinks.

In HS, we had a class called Contemporary Problems where we studied the justice system and the mafia, to name a couple topics, and for one project, we had to design a prison! I got a floor plan of the local huge shopping mall and turned it into a prison for women. The departmant store anchor spaces became huge workout areas if I recall correctly.

By the way, I no longer work in a big box! Woo hoo! I remain, however, your Retail Guru.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday December 27, 2004 -- 9:24:12 am
When I lived in New Orleans, there was a huge renovation of the warehouse district. Basically, nineteenth century era warehouses had been sitting vacant for quite some time. In the eighties and nineties they began to be renovated into pricey condos and apartments. The old warehouse buildings are fabulous because most of them were built before high powered lighting and so relied on huge windows for interior lighting. Most were constructed of brick with heavy timber frames and floors. They're gorgeous.

Modern warehouses are basically ugly windowless metal airplane hangars.

I lived in Portland, Maine, for one summer, and similar renovations were done there on Commercial Street. Old warehouses have been renovated into businesses with shops at street level. The old brick buildings with the rows of large windows are just beautiful. Too bad they don't still build them that way.

FROM: dave
DATE: Thursday December 30, 2004 -- 5:21:32 pm
When I lived in Charlotte (1997-99) there was a massive vacant Incredible Universe store next to Carolina Place Mall. I don't remember these stores, they were apparently a Best-Buy clone run by Tandy. Anyway, the building was this enormous white cube (probably 100,000 sq ft of retail space) with a giant antenna-looking thing on top, and as far as I could tell the only thing inside was a military recruiting station. I could think of a lot better things to do with that space - all you'd have to do is legalize gambling in North Carolina...

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