Alaska Governor Chides Safeway Over Switch to Starbucks

Date: 2 Mar 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. … Read More

Oregon County Bans Big Box Stores

Date: 2 Mar 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

California Bill Aims to Quell Quest for Big Retail

Date: 2 Mar 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. … Read More

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

Date: 2 Mar 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. … Read More

Salt Lake City Map Highlights Local Businesses

Date: 2 Mar 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. … Read More

San Francisco Supervisor Calls For Big Box Impact Review

Date: 1 Dec 2001 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s President Tom Ammiano has proposed a citywide ordinance that would require retail development projects larger than 50,000 square feet, with the exception of supermarkets, to undergo an impact review and obtain a conditional use permit before building. The ordinance notes that large retail stores could impact traffic, reduce the diversity of the city’s economic base by eliminating smaller businesses, and preclude higher value industrial development on the few sizable parcels of urban real estate available. For these reasons, according to the ordinance, large retail stores warrant added scrutiny. … Read More

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