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SUPERSTORES: HOW TO ANALYZE THEIR ECONOMIC IMPACTS ON YOUR COMMUNITY AND DOWNTOWN RETAIL DISTRICT

A SERIES OF 4 COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO THE SUPERSTORE IMPACT SERIES

If superstores are planning to locate in your community you’ll want to understand their impacts in other communities around the U.S. and know how to analyze their likely impacts in your community. The primary purpose of this series of courses is to teach you how to assess the potential impacts of superstores in your community. The series will cover the following eight topics in four courses:

Course 1: Ready now!           $149.00
Superstores – overall economic impacts, impacts on neighborhood retailers & supermarkets, and on consumer choice

Course 2: Ready soon!           $99.00
IMPACT ON Labor employment and compensation

Course 3: Ready soon!           $99.00
Impact on Property values, Municipal revenues, Land use
and urban design

Course 4: Ready soon!          $99.00
Mitigation measures – How are many cities and communities
employing mitigation measures in dealing with superstore impacts?

• Why are the impacts of superstores important to communities and to downtown shopping districts?

The nation’s, and the world’s retail and grocery sectors are undergoing a major transformation, led by superstores - big-box retail stores which combine general merchandise with full-scale grocery products. These superstores are the latest development in the nationwide and worldwide restructuring of the retail and grocery industry and are intensifying competition within the grocery sector.

Superstores have critically important local impacts. Their appearance in all regions of the nation, and recently of the world, raises a complex range of issues concerning their costs and benefits, fiscal implications for local communities, governments, and land use policy. The claims made by the advocates of superstores regarding their economic development benefits are often invalid.

Who should take the courses in this series on Superstore Impacts?

Anyone who is interested in the economic welfare of their community and their downtown, especially citizen activists, planners, city council members, elected and appointed local officials, union members, grocery and superstore employees and management, grocery consumers, local retailers, local business people, and students and faculty of community economic development, urban planning, and business administration.

COURSE 1: SUPERSTORES - OVERALL ECONOMIC IMPACTS, ON NEIGHBORHOOD RETAILERS & SUPERMARKETS, AND ON CONSUMER CHOICE

Synopsis of this course: Course 1 begins with a summary discussion of the overall economic impacts of superstores on communities, including impacts on neighborhood retailers and supermarkets, consumer choice, labor, property values, municipal revenues, and land use / urban design. It then proceeds to a more detailed discussion of the studies conducted on the impacts of superstores on neighborhood retailers and supermarkets, and on consumer choice. The course concludes with demonstrating how to analyze these impacts on your own community, and provides examples of data and data sources to use in your analyses.

What you will learn:

  • What are superstores and why are their impacts important to understand?
  • What are the overall elements that must be analyzed to properly gauge the impacts of superstores in your community or downtown area?
  • What have major research studies found about the impacts of superstores on neighborhood retailers and supermarkets?
  • How consumer choices and benefits are impacted.
  • How to assess the impacts on your neighborhood retailers and supermarkets

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE SUPERSTORE IMPACT SERIES

  

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  1. INTRODUCTION

  2. OVERALL ECONOMIC IMPACT ELEMENTS

  3. MAJOR STUDIES ON THE IMPACT OF SUPERSTORES ON NEIGHBORHOOD RETAILERS AND SUPERMARKETS

  4. ANALYZING THE IMPACT OF SUPERSTORES ON NEIGHBORHOOD RETAILERS AND SUPERMARKETS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY

  5. DATA AND DATA SOURCES FOR ANALYZING THE IMPACT OF SUPERSTORES ON NEIGHBORHOOD RETAILERS AND SUPERMARKETS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY

 

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APPENDIX: DATA TABLES

 

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Instructor: Robert J. Rodino, Ph.D.

Bob Rodino is president of Rodino Associates, a consulting firm specializing in community and downtown economic development. He has been a consultant to cities, developers and non-profits, and a commercial real estate professional for over 30 years. His report on the impacts of superstores for the City of Los Angeles in 2003, “Final Report on Research for Big-Box Retail / Superstore Ordinance” (affectionately referred to as “The Rodino Report”), resulted in the city passing an ordinance to regulate the development of superstores in low income areas, the first of its kind in the nation (a copy of the LA Ordinance is provided in Course 4 on Mitigation). When Bob moved from Los Angeles to State College, Pennsylvania in May of 2009 the Los Angeles City Council awarded him a “Certificate of Appreciation” for his work on superstore impacts (see web site and click on “Certificate of Appreciation”). Similarly, his update of this report for the City of San Diego in 2010 is being used to prepare a conditional use permit ordinance for the development of superstores in San Diego. Bob Rodino’s Ph.D. is in Urban Planning from UCLA, 2003, where he also taught Real Estate Development and Finance (2004 & 2008) in the graduate program of Urban Planning, School of Public Affairs. See web site at: www.RodinoAssociates.com for Dr. Rodino’s resume and more information on Rodino Associates.


 
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