Do you ever get jealous?
We did when we recently heard about Big Box Reuse, a book published late last year that was written by Julia Christensen. The author went around the country and looked a creative ways in which former big-box stores were converted into other, creative uses.
Why can’t we come up with these ideas?
Anyway, many of these tenant changes are fascinating, some of which are detailed in this interview.
Here is a sample:
- A former Kmart in Austin, MN is now a Spam Museum.
- A vacant Wal-Mart in Round Rock, TX became a Go Kart track.
- In Lebanon, MO, a former Kmart was turned into a Route 66 museum and a library.
- The Calvary Chapel in Pinellas Park, FL, had outgrown its former location, once a Winn-Dixie store, and moved into a vacated Wal-Mart a few years ago.
We know that these scenarios can’t fill the massive space coming on line due to bankruptcies and mass store closures, but it shows that other uses can provide some relief.