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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2002

Salt Lake City Map Highlights Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/salt-lake-city-map-highlights-local-businesses/

A new Salt Lake City map offers residents and visitors a colorful and handy reference for finding more than 100 unique, locally owned businesses. The full color, fold-up map was created by the Salt Lake Vest Pocket Business Coalition, an alliance of 200 independent businesses. One side shows the city’s streets, with illustrations of major landmarks and buildings housing local businesses. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2002

Voters’ Defeat Three Out of Five Big Box Stores in March Elections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/voters-defeat-three-out-five-big-box-stores-march-elections/

Voters in five California cities—Agoura Hills, Mountain View, Reedley, Calexico, and East Palo Alto—went to the polls Tuesday to consider measures on big box development. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2002

Alaska Governor Chides Safeway Over Switch to Starbucks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/alaska-governor-chides-safeway-over-switch-starbucks/

Less than a month after announcing it would replace locally roasted coffee with Starbucks at its Alaska stores, the Safeway supermarket chain is backing down. A barrage of protest from angry residents and a strongly worded letter from Governor Tony Knowles forced the retailer to reconsider its decision to eliminate two Anchorage roasters in favor of Starbucks at its in-store coffee bars. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2002

Oregon County Bans Big Box Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/oregon-county-bans-big-box-stores/

In late January, after more than two hours of mostly favorable public testimony, the Board of Commissioners in Hood River County, Oregon voted unanimously to bar new retail stores over 50,000 square feet. The new ordinance also establishes a design review process for new retail buildings between 25,000 and 50,000 square feet. The ordinance applies to land that lies outside the Hood River town limits, but is still within the community’s urban growth boundary. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2002

Bozeman Weighs Economic Impact Review Ordinance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/bozeman-weighs-economic-impact-review-ordinance/

The Bozeman, Montana city commission is expected to vote later this month on a zoning ordinance that would require proposals for stores larger than 50,000 square feet (less than half the size of a typical Wal-Mart) to undergo an economic impact review before gaining approval. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2002

California Bill Aims to Quell Quest for Big Retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/california-bill-aims-quell-quest-big-retail/

In every region of the country, chain store developers have successfully played neighboring communities against one another to gain approval for their stores and to exact the biggest tax breaks and public subsidies. But nowhere have city officials been as desperate for sales tax revenue—and thus big box stores, shopping malls, and auto dealerships—than in California, where the competition for retail development has been especially costly and destructive. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2002

New Code Won’t Break British Chains’ Armlock on Farmers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-code-wont-break-british-chains-armlock-farmers/

British farmers and environmentalists are irate over the government’s new regulations governing the way major supermarket chains deal with their suppliers. The binding Code of Practice was issued in November after an extensive study found that the major supermarket chains routinely use their market power to squeeze farmers, undermine competition, and harm the public interest. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2001

Home Depot On The Ballot In Mountain View

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/home-depot-ballot-mountain-view/

The Mountain View City Council voted to place a ballot measure before voters next March that would authorize rezoning land to allow the construction of a 125,000 square foot Home Depot store. Mountain View is a community of about 30,000 located north of San Jose, California. After failing to win approval from the city council, Home Depot has been gathering signatures to put the matter directly to voters. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2001

Consumer Reports Ranks Independent Bookstores #1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/consumer-reports-ranks-independent-bookstores-1/

In an extensive survey conducted by Consumer Reports, 88 percent of respondents said they were either completely satisfied or very satisfied with their experience at independent bookstores. Independents not only out-ranked internet and chain bookstores, but their exceptionally high rating put them "on a par with the highest-rated stores from any Consumer Reports survey in recent years." Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2001

California Ruling Forces Borders.Com To Collect Sales Taxes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/california-ruling-forces-borderscom-collect-sales-taxes/

In a decision that may galvanize action in other states, the California Board of Equalization (BOE) has ruled that online bookseller Borders.com must collect state sales tax. Under a 1992 Supreme Court decision, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, states cannot compel out-of-state companies to collect sales taxes unless the company has a physical presence, or "nexus," in the state. Continue reading