Last December, the Council enacted an “urgency” ordinance restricting chain stores in the downtown core.
Any retail business with 10 or more outlets in the United States must now get special permission from the City before it opens in our downtown core, even if it complies with all other legal requirements. Had this been in effect previously, businesses like Nothing Bundt Cakes, Footwear Etc., The UPS Store, Susie Cakes, Peets, the Hallmark Store, Tutti Frutti, and more, might have been denied a store front.
I voted for this ordinance, after voicing quite a few concerns, because it will expire shortly if not confirmed and I wanted time to study its purported costs and benefits. After talking to residents, business and property owners, and outside experts, I’ve come to the conclusion we don’t need this particular change to the long-standing, successful partnership between our community and its businesses.
I’ve put together a brief presentation about this which you can watch below. It ends with a number of policy suggestions which I believe would serve us better than the anti-chain store ordinance. I hope you’ll take the time to watch it.
You can enlarge the video by clicking on the enlarge button in the lower right hand area of the video display.