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Iowa State researchers say closing of department, big box stores ushers in new opportunities for retail

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

The demise of several big box and department stores was inevitable given the changing retail landscape, but a team of Iowa State University researchers says not all retailers are destined for a similar fate. Overexpansion and competition from online retailers forced the closure of many stores, but researchers say there is opportunity for retailers willing to embrace technology and create a different shopping experience for consumers. Photo by Christopher Gannon.