Book review: Category Killers
Jake Batsell has written a review of the book Category Killers: The Retail Revolution and Its Impact on Consumer Culture in the Seattle Times. The new book is by Robert Spector.
After dispensing with the case studies, Spector leads the reader on a journey through 20th-century retail history, chronicling the rise of department stores and enclosed malls and their subsequent loss of market share to big-box chains. Writing in an accessible style that largely avoids business jargon, he provides a glimpse of what shoppers may see more of in the future: scaled-down stores in mixed-use and open-air retail settings.