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Encyclopedia > Big box store

Big box store is a colloquial term used to describe a retail store housed in a rectangular, one-floor building with a high ceiling. This design provides space for a large amount of merchandise and serves as an enormous billboard to attract customers. Opponents of retail chains criticize big boxes especially for being visually overbearing. In commerce, a retailer buys goods or products in large quantities from manufacturers or importers, either directly or through a wholesaler, and then sells individual items or small quantities to the general public or end user customers, usually in a shop, also called store. ... Roadside billboards frequently encourage passersby to visit local businesses. ...


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