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The following 456 communities have beaten a big box store in their community at least once, or pressured a developer to withdraw. In some cases a big box store may come back a second time, moved to another location in the town, or otherwise gotten in. But every city or town on this list defeated a store at least one time. This is the Sprawl-Busters list only. There are many big box victories we never hear about. To see stories in the Newflash database about a community, click on one of the towns listed below. Updated October, 2016.

Mobile, AL
Bentonville, AR
Eureka Springs, AR
Anchorage, AK
Chandler, AZ
Gilbert, AZ
Glendale, AZ
Kingman, AZ
Mesa, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Valley, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Antioch, CA
Auburn, CA
Carlsbad, CA
Chico, CA
Ceres, CA
Clovis, CA
Concord, CA
El Cajon, CA
Eureka, CA
Folsom, CA
Fontana, CA
Grass Valley, CA
Hercules, CA
Highland, CA
Inglewood, CA
Lincoln, CA
Livingston, CA
Los Angeles, CA
La Puente, CA
Lancaster, CA
Lodi, CA
Martinez, CA
Mendocina City, CA
North Auburn, CA
Novato, CA
Oakland, CA
Oakley, CA
Ocean Beach, CA
Pajaro, CA
Reedley, CA
S.J. Capistrano, CA
Rohnert Park, CA
Salinas, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Louis Obispo, CA
San Marcos, CA
Santa Maria, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Simi Valley, CA
Stockton, CA
Turlock, CA
Upland, CA
Vallejo, CA
Ventura, CA
West Lake Village, CA
Yucca Valley, CA
Willows, CA
Woodland, CA
Yucaipa, CA
Denver, CO
Eagle, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Jefferson Cnty, CO
Littleton, CO
Longmont, CO
Monument, CO
Silverthorne, CO
Thornton, CO
Windsor, CO
Woodland Park, CO
Canton, CT
Colchester, CT
Glastonbury, CT
Groton, CT
Killingly, CT
New Milford, CT
Old Saybrook, CT
Orange, CT
Plainville, CT
Stafford Springs, CT
Tolland, CT
Vernon, CT
Windham, CT
Washington, D.C.
Rehobeth, DE
Bonita Springs, FL
Brooksville, FL
Clermont, FL
Crystal River, FL
Davie, FL
Deland, FL
DelRay Beach, Fl
Estero, Fl
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Gainesville, FL
Hallandale, FL
Hernando Cty, FL
Holiday, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Lake County, FL
Lake Forest, FL
Lakeland, FL
Mary Esther, FL
Miramar, FL
Naples, FL
Neptune Beach, FL
North Lauderdale, FL
North Miami, FL
Ocala, FL
Pembroke Pines, FL
Port Orange, FL
Punta Gorda, FL
Sarasota, FL
Sarasota, FL
Seminole Cty, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Sunrise, FL
Tarpon Springs, FL
Temple Terrace, FL
Venice, FL
Albany, GA
Athens, GA
Atlanta, GA
Avondale Estates, GA
Cobb County, GA
Covington, GA
Duluth, GA
Forsythe, GA
Fulton County, GA
Gainesville, GA
Groton, GA
Marietta, GA
Hawaii Kai, HI
Hilo, HI
Decorah, IA
Mason City, IA
Bellevue, ID
Hailey, ID
Hayden, ID
Lewiston, ID
Antioch, IL
Batavia, IL
Canton, IL
Chicago, IL
Evergreen Park, IL
Glen Carbon, IL
Lake in the Hills, IL
Lisle, IL
Mokena, IL
North Aurora, IL
North Brook, IL

Plainfield, IL
St. Charles, IL
Tinley Park, IL
Vernon Hills, IL
Wheaton, IL
Decatur, IN
Greenwood, IN
Fishers, IN
New Albany, IN
Newburgh, IN
Terre Haute, IN
Westfield, IN
Zionsville, IN
Lawrence, KS
Manhattan, KS
Overland Park, KS
Stilwell, KS
Wichita, KS
Fort Wright, KY
Henderson, KY
Baton Rouge, LA
Chalmette, LA
Covington, LA
Barnstable, MA
Billerica, MA
Boston, MA
Boxboro, MA
Braintree, MA
East Longmeadow, MA
Easthampton, MA
Greenfield, MA
Hadley, MA
Holyoke, MA
Lancaster, MA
Lee, MA
Leominster, MA
New Milford, MA
Northboro, MA
Plymouth, MA
Reading, MA
Saugus, MA
Seekonk, MA
Somerset, MA
Somerville, MA
Sutton, MA
Watertown, MA
Westford, MA
Yarmouth, MA
Accokeek, MD
Bel Air, MD
Chestertown, MD
Crofton, MD
Easton, MD
Frederick, MD
Gaithersburg, MD
Hagerstown, MD
Kent Island, MD
Paradise, MD
Prince George's County, MD
Talbot Cty, MD
Bangor, ME
Belfast, ME
Damariscotta, ME
Lewiston, ME
Lincoln, ME
Newcastle, ME
Nobleboro, ME
Rockland, ME
Topsham, ME
Wells, ME
Bedford, MI
Biloxi, MI
Canton, MI
Charlevoix, MI
Fenton, MI
Garfield, MI
Jackson, MI
Marine City, MI
Pennfield, MI
Portsmouth, MI
Rutland Charter, MI
Southfield, MI
White Lake, MI
Bloomington, MN
Buffalo, MN
Chanhassen, MN
East Bethel, MN
Burnsville, MN
Carver, MN
Minneapolis, MN
New Prague, MN
Princeton, MN
Waite Park, MN
St. Cloud, MN
Blue Springs, MO
Columbia, MO
Ellisville, MO
Joplin, MO
Lee's Summit, MO
Olivette, MO
Springfield, MO
St. Peters, MO
St. Louis, MO
Warsaw, MO
Biloxi, MS
Great Falls, MT
Hamilton, MT
Ravalli County, MT
Asheville, NC
Belmont, NC
Cherokee, NC
Durham, NC
Fayettevile, NC
Greenville, NC
Hickory, NC
Knightdale, NC
Manteo, NC
Oxford, NC
Raleigh, NC
Union Cty, NC
Waxhaw, NC
Winston-Salem, NC
Fargo, ND
Bedford, NH
Claremont, NH
Derry, NH
Hillsborough, NH
Littleton, NH
Manchester, NH
Nashua, NH
Peterboro, NH
Plaistow, NH
Rindge, NH
Seabrook, NH
Stratham, NH
Walpole, NH
Brick, NJ
Deptford, NJ
Englewood, NJ
Hamilton, NJ
Harrison, NJ
Hawthorne, NJ
Lawrence, NJ
Logan, NJ
Lumberton, NJ
Manalapan, NJ
Marlboro, NJ
Pennsville, NJ
Vineland, NJ
Albuquerque, NM
Taos, NM
Tijeras, NM
Reno, NV
Amherst, NY

Aurora, NY
Ballston, NY
Bath, NY
Buffalo, NY
Cazenovia, NY
Colonie, NY
East Aurora, NY
Hornell, NY
Hyde Park, NY
Ithaca, NY
Lake Placid, NY
Lansingburgh, NY
Leeds, NY
Lima, NY
Liverpool, NY
Montgomery, NY
Monsey, NY
Mount Pleasant, NY
New Paltz, NY
New Rochelle, NY
No. Greenbush, NY
Oswego, NY
Queens, NY
Riverhead, NY
Rotterdam, NY
Saranac Lake, NY
Wellsville, NY
Beavercreek, OH
Broadview Hts, OH
Cleveland, OH
Delaware, OH
Etna, OH
Green, OH
Harrison, OH
Highland Hts, OH
Hudson, OH
Lorain, OH
Mentor, OH
Milford, OH
North Olmstead, OH
Ottawa, OH
Strongsville, OH
Westerville, OH
Westlake, OH
Yellow Springs, OH
Edmund, OK
Beaverton, OR
Central Point, OR
Cornelius, OR
Gresham, OR
Hillsboro, OR
Hood River, OR
Medford, OR
Oregon City, OR
Portland, OR
Warren, OR
Bethlehem, PA
Carroll, PA
Cecil, PA
Covington, PA
Drumore, PA
Exeter, PA
Jefferson Hills, PA
Lower Gwynned, PA
Lower Makefield, PA
Manor, PA
Milford, PA
Mount Joy, PA
Rapho, PA
Spring, PA
Warwick, PA
West Hempfield, PA
Barranquitas, PR
Utuado, PR
Middletown, RI
Clemson, SC
Lady's Island, SC
Mount Pleasant, SC
Pawleys Island, SC
Rapid City, SD
Sioux Falls, SD
Yankton, SD
Cordova, TN
Memphis, TN
Arlington, TX
Cooleyville, TX
Crowley, TX
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Kennedale, TX
Lakeway, TX
McKinney, TX
Murphy, TX
Richardson, TX
Heber City, UT
Layton, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Taylorsville, UT
Accomac, VA
Ashland, VA
Clearbrook, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Fredericksburg, VA
Front Royal, VA
Orange County, VA
Pittsylvania County, VA
Roanoke, VA
Warrenton, VA
Williamsburg, VA
St. Albans, VT
St. Johnsbury, VT
Willison, VT
Chelan, WA
Fircrest, WA
Gig Harbor, WA
Isle of Wight, VA
Lacey, WA
Mill Creek, WA
Port Townsend, WA
Spokane, WA
Vancouver, WA
Bellevue, WI
Brookfield, WI
Cudahy, WI
Elmwood Park, WI
Fort Atkinson, WI
Green Bay, WI
Jefferson, WI
Madison, WI
Menomonee Falls, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Monroe, WI
Oconomowoc, WI
Racine, WI
River Falls, WI
Spooner, WI
Stoughton, WI
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Waukesha, WI
Morgantown, WV
Teays Valley, WV
Park Royal, BC
Surrey, BC
Vancouver, BC
Lincoln, NB
Brampton, ONT
Burlington, ONT
Guelph, ONT
Miramichi, ONT
Oakville, ONT
Stratford, ONT
Waterloo, ONT
Mexico City, MX

Source: Al Norman, Sprawl-Buster

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