The proliferation of big box retailers (primarily Wal-Mart and Target) over the past three decades is undeniable. This week’s infographics (click images for links to interactive content) are interesting visualizations of how their reach across the country has manifested itself. One of the most stunning things about these two visualizations is the explosion in growth over the past fifteen years. Far more interesting is seeing corporate strategy unfold in front of your eyes. Notice the geographic density of new Wal-Mart locations in its formative years versus the geographically diverse approach used by Target.

Target Openings

Target Openings
Walmart Openings

Walmart Openings

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