It’s interesting to see the variety of things that communities do when large retailers vacate the Big Box stores. Julia Christensen has made a slideshow of reclaimed big box stores. Here’s a sample of her description of this process.
The big-box aesthetic does not immediately lend itself to any other use. The buildings are often upward of 150,000 square feet. There simply aren’t many enterprises that need that much space, and because the buildings are built for a single-use purpose, it’s not so easy to break them up into smaller units. Yet all over the country, resourceful communities are finding ways to reuse these buildings, turning them into flea markets, museums, schools—even churches.