As the retail marketplace has matured, it's become increasingly more difficult to find prime real estate. The chains, which have more financial clout than independents, often win in the battle for the best spots. But a reversal of fortune may be in the offing if a current trend continues. A recent story in USA Today reported on how more cities are putting up barriers to chain-store growth. It's not a new trend by any means. The “ bigbox” retailers, such as Wal-Mart, have been fighting civic ...

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