Walmart stores are literally everywhere—within easy driving distance for many Americans. But what happens when a Walmart closes?
Officials in McAllen, Texas faced this situation and decided to transform the huge empty space into the largest single-floor public library in the U.S. Designers and developers removed walls and ceilings, creating an open and dramatic modern look. Among other amenities, the library features 16 public meeting spaces and an auditorium. Technology comes into play with 64 computer labs, 10 children’s computer labs, and self-checkout stations. Grounds are attractively landscaped with outdoor reading areas, and The Hungry Scholar café draws patrons of all ages.