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Some Vermonters are vocal in their opposition to certain big box retailers, while others celebrate when when certain shops come to town. We're looking at attitudes toward big box retail in Vermont.
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Why Vermont Is Big-Box Averse, Except When It's Not

Vermonters have a complicated relationship with big-box retail stores. Some inspire vocal opposition, while others are accepted, or even celebrated. We're talking about why Vermonters are big-box averse, except when they're not.

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State Board of Education Chair Krista Huling looks over school district map during a recent meeting reviewing Act 46 mergers.
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Some Vermonters are vocal in their opposition to certain big box retailers, while others celebrate when when certain shops come to town. We're looking at attitudes toward big box retail in Vermont.
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Vermonters have a complicated relationship with big-box retail stores. Some inspire vocal opposition, while others are accepted, or even celebrated. We're talking about why Vermonters are big-box averse, except when they're not.

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