Category killer

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A category killer is a retailer, often a big-box store, that specializes in and carries a deep product assortment within a given category and through selection, pricing and market penetration obtains a massive competitive advantage over other retailers.

Chains such as Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, CompUSA, Linens 'n Things, Toys "R" Us and Staples are considered category killers.[1]

Once typically found in power centers, increasingly they are found in or adjacent to (as an outbuilding of) repurposed traditional malls.

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  1. ^ Lal, Rajiv; Alvarez, Jose B (10 October 2011). "Retailing Revolution: Category Killers on the Brink". Working Knowledge. Harvard Business School. Retrieved 16 November 2016.

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