Big Box Watch Tracks New Retail Stores On Google Mashup

Big Box Watch is a Google Maps mashup showing where new retail stores are being built.

They’re currently tracking Best Buy, Home Depot, IKEA, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Lowe’s Target, and Wal-Mart. The site draws from publicly available information and user submissions.

Personally, we’re hoping for some yellow balloons (IKEA) in Brooklyn. — BEN POPKEN

Big Box Watch [Official Site]


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  1. eross says:

    Folks should also be aware of, which tracks “hot” battles against big box stores being waged by communities.

  2. ColoradoShark says:

    Ben, you should get ready:
    They say it’s coming soon.

  3. zolielo says:

    There are kml files for google earth which do similar. I have edited on for Costco to display the locations which have gas stations.

    Sorry no links but if you are interested a web search should lead to a few free relevant kml files.

  4. mopar_man says:

    GAH! Another Wal-Mart in the UP of MI. Just what we need.

  5. AlexJAnder says:

    How about a mash-up of stores that are closing, too?

    JULIA CHRISTENSEN, an RPI MFA student, has been documenting what communities do with abandoned Big Box stores. Check it out:

  6. alicetheowl says:

    Amusing. Apparently they’ve decided my area already has enough.

    I don’t think I disagree with that assessment.

  7. Dustbunny says:

    We’re getting an IKEA…and apparently a Costco Home Store that sells only furniture. I’ve never seen one of those before — anybody know what type of furniture they sell and if it’s high quality?