Dark Stores Media Links and Articles

Media Links and Articles

The Michigan Municipal League’s Chris Hackbarth testifies at Dark Stores hearing on Dec. 9, 2015

“Extreme Disappointment” and “Disgust” from City Commission in Response to Active Tribunal Cases – The Sault News, Oct. 7, 2020

Municipalities Hope for Legislation on Dark-Store LoopholeMiBiz, Aug. 18, 2019

Dark Storesdbusiness magazine, July-August 2019

State Legislature Must Fix ‘Dark Store’ ProblemThe Daily News, July 9, 2019

How Big-Box Stores Bilk Local GovernmentsSlate, Feb. 7, 2019

Municipalities Push ‘Dark Store’ Bills Seeking Property Tax ClarityMiBiz, Feb. 3, 2019

‘Dark Store’ Appeals on the Rise in Wisconsin as Issue Hits Ballots This FallMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 28, 2018

Taxes, Big-Box Stores And The ‘Dark Store Theory’ NPR Michigan Radio, Nov. 23, 2017

WATCH Oral Argument Before Michigan Supreme CourtMenard, Inc v City of Escanaba, Oct. 13, 2017

LISTEN to a WJR radio show interview on this Dark Stores topic between the League’s Chris Hackbarth and WJR’s Frank Beckman. Be sure to listen to the subsequent interview between Beckman and State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica. (Scroll down the page and look under Nov. 5). 

How Big-Box Retailers Weaponize Old StoresBloomberg Businessweek, Dec. 8, 2016

West Bend [Wisconsin] asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes: City could lose revenue due to ‘dark store’ assessmentsG M Today, Nov. 2, 2016

Michigan local leaders say property tax appeals are common, disagree with “dark stores” assessingUniversity of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Oct. 2016

Traverse City Officials Worry Costco Might Seek Dark Store Tax Assessment Interlochen Public Radio, April 29, 2016

“Dark stores use legal loophole at cost of taxpayers”WNEM TV 5, Nov. 20, 2015

Bills Target Property Tax Cuts Big Box StoresDetroit Free Press, Oct. 3, 2015

Big box stores ringing up property tax discountsDetroit Free Press, April 11, 2015


Retailers like Lowe’s use ‘dark store’ loophole to cut Texas tax billsSan Antonio Express-News, Oct. 7, 2016

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