Supersize it: The Growth of Retail Chains and the Rise of the 'Big‐Box' Store

42 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2012

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Emek Basker

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies; University of Missouri - Department of Economics

Shawn D. Klimek

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

Pham Hoang Van

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: Fall 2012

Abstract

This paper documents and explains the recent rise of “big‐box” general merchandisers. Data from the Census of Retail Trade for 1977–2007 show that general‐merchandise chains grew much faster than specialist retail chains, and that general merchandisers that added the most stores also made the biggest increases to their product offerings. We explain these facts with a stylized model in which a retailer’s scale economies interact with consumer gains from one‐stop shopping to generate a complementarity between a retailer’s scale and scope.

Suggested Citation

Basker, Emek and Klimek, Shawn D. and Hoang Van, Pham, Supersize it: The Growth of Retail Chains and the Rise of the 'Big‐Box' Store (Fall 2012). Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 541-582, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2100703 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-9134.2012.00339.x

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