I had a page torn out from my October '08 issue of Dwell. I had set it aside and found it today.
It's called Supercenter Statistics. It was a very interesting article that I thought deserved repearting here.
Here it is....
Average square feet of an American Home: 2,495
Average square feet of a Target Supercenter: 174,000
Revenues for Ikea for fiscal year September 2006-August 2007: $27 billion
2007 Revenues for Target: $63 billion
2007 revenues for Walmart: $379 billion
2007 GDP for Sweden: $384.1 billion
Number of people in the U.S. who attend religious services every week: 55 million
Number of people in the U.S. who shop at Walmart every week: 136 million
Number of trees needed to offset annual CO2 emissions from a high-energy-using American: 150
Number of trees Ikea plants each year to offset CO2 from customers & employees traveling to and from one store: 33,100
Number of colleges and universities in the U.S.: 4,140
Number of Walmart owned stores in the U.S.: 4,191
Percentage of eligible Americans who voted in the last presidential election: 60%
Percentage of Americans who will go to a Walmart this year: 90%