This Is Why Big Box Retailers Are Making Smaller Stores

Petco Unleashed Store

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Petco and Best Buy are just a few of the big-name retailers that are shrinking their store size in an effort to cut energy-related costs, according to the Retail Industry Leader Assn.’s first-ever Retail Sustainability Report.It also allows them to be more environmentally-friendly at the same time, which serves as a reputational boost for the brands.

They’re doing this by transitioning toward smaller specialty store sites that take up less space, such as Petco’s Unleashed which offers higher-end pet products in urban areas, and Best Buy Mobile, which specialises in mobile sales at shopping centres. 

The report also highlights a range of way other way major retailers are helping the environment:

  • Home Depot is shutting off its parking lot lights an hour after store closing, cutting down on parking lot size and using local and recycled materials in new store construction. 
  • Staples is calling on its major suppliers to reduce unnecessary packing. 
  • Ikea provides in-store recycling for florescent light bulbs and has eliminated more than 90% of plastic bags at its stores.