Or they mow down the forest and then call the housing development "____ Woods" or "Forest of _____" or "Fox Run," and name all the streets after the trees they cut down (like they did in my neighborhood).
Yes, c_b has it right, bilby--I think I mentioned that this is a more general term, not specific to bookselling. In malls, these stores are usually called "anchor stores"--the big ones that sit on the ends of the mall and are presumed to be the biggest drawers of customers.
A large-format store with at least 100,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The name arose from the typically box-like exterior of this type of outlet. In bookselling, a big-box store is commonly considered the antithesis of an independent bookstore.