Course 1 – Overall Economic Impacts

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 Page 1
  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 Page 36

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.