Notable and Quotable

Posted by Kendall Harmon

"We have 19 1/2 square feet [of retail space] for every man, woman and child in this country,"

--Independent analyst Howard Davidowitz on NPR this morning, suggesting that's nearly double what is needed



Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomy

7 Comments
Posted April 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. rschllnbrg wrote:

As long as we don’t all try to go shopping at the same time that is.

April 30, 2:24 pm | [comment link]
2. The_Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Wow, that’s disturbing.

April 30, 3:48 pm | [comment link]
3. Andrew717 wrote:

Not terribly surprising, with the switch to vast warehouse-like stores with wide aisles.  A Best Buy & a Super WalMart both take up a good bit of square footage.  I would like to know what the historical number has been.  Is this oddly high, and if so how recently and how suddenly did the change come about?

April 30, 4:43 pm | [comment link]
4. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

Hey, that’s the size of my apartment!
The Rabbit.

April 30, 4:57 pm | [comment link]
5. D Hamilton wrote:

4’4” x 4’4” ... heck at Christmas time I wish we had more!!!

May 1, 12:05 am | [comment link]
6. Dilbertnomore wrote:

Actually, isn’t it the job of free people engaging in legal commerce to decide how much retail space they choose to create by putting their own wealth at risk? Just who would Mr. Davidowitz suggest is more competent to make that determination in America? Or perhaps the structure of our society is not to Mr. Davidowitz’s liking.

May 1, 10:43 am | [comment link]
7. Harvey wrote:

While we are at it - let’s consider the multiple square feet some of our houses have.  And I mean in the 5 figures, not four.  Sadly enough peiople have had to dump them cause they could no longer afford them!!.

May 1, 10:48 am | [comment link]
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