"[Costco's senior vice president for legal and administrative affairs] says the practice doesn't violate laws or any rules of the free-market economy and rejects as "simplistic" libertarian arguments that condemnations should be confined, as some property-rights advocates argue, to roads, bridges and purely public uses. He says communities, balancing their fiscal needs against the rights of a few, often clamor for a Costco store. "We are viewed as a solution to a problem," he says."
Eminent Domain in the News
There's an interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal (available for non-subscribers for a week) that details the growing (ab)use of eminent domain by local governments to make land available for big box retailers. My favorite part: