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Sarah Halzack

Amazon May Not Kill Big-Box Retail After All

Not all of the sector's worries about e-commerce have come true.
on January 17, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

on January 17, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Photographer: Scott Olson

Ever since the scale of Inc.'s threat to traditional retail began to reveal itself more than a decade ago, doomsday warnings for big-box stores have been steady and loud -- and not without reason.

General merchandise peddlers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. are directly in the path of the "everything store." Collapses of chains such as Linens 'n Things, Borders and Circuit City suggested more carnage to come.