RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) – The decline of big box stores around the nation is hitting the Black Hills one business at a time.
“This has been kind of a nationwide slow-moving trend that’s been accelerated through the COVID pandemic, but what we’ve seen is there’s more people using the internet, they’re shopping online,” says Kyle Treloar from dream Design International.
Also, Treloar says people are not going to the big box stores as frequently as they once were. As Rapid City continues to grow, some businesses change location potentially leaving more empty storefronts.
“We’ve got a lot of new building, a lot of new growth, but we’ve got an excess of existing buildings out there and we’re seeing retail start declining so that’s when you have to find new ideas to fill these spaces,” says John Roberts from the Real Estate Group.
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