Economic Analysis of Independent Business
Check out Civic Economics, a economic analysis and strategic planning consulting firm that conducts economic impact studies of specific types of development for various communities.
Click on Economic Analysis and Strategic Planning For Sustainable Prosperity then click on Retail Economics for some of the studies conducted by Civic Economics.
See also, www.AndersonvilleStudy.com
The Andersonville study found that for every $100 spent in an independent business $68 stays in the local economy while for every $100 spent in a chain only $43 stays in the local economy.
For every square foot occupied by an independent business the local economic impact is $179 while it is $105 for chains.
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is another interesting resource:
One study, actually paid for by Wal-Mart, showed that putting a superstore in Greenfield, MA would cost existing businesses $35 million in sales, leading to a net loss of 105,000 square feet of retail space and result in declines in property tax revenue .