BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – City council has renewed and extended a one-year moratorium on the opening of new “little box” discount stores, such as Dollar General and Family Dollar.
The original one-year moratorium, which the council approved in September 2019, expired four months ago. The council had established the moratorium – or ban – so it had time to figure out how to regulate small-box stores.
The extension of the moratorium will last until January 19, 2022.
Small businesses – typically dollar stores and convenience stores in malls and malls – are proliferating in the United States. According to an article published in February 2018 on the eMarketer website, the number of small-box stores grew 6.2% in 2017, more than 2.5 times the growth of big-box retailers. Overall retail sales rose 3.8 percent that year in comparison.
The Pacific Standard site declared in 2019 that dollar stores, including those that sell groceries, are now more common than Walmart stores and McDonald’s restaurants combined.
In the eyes of community leaders across the country, however, small-box stores have also posed challenges, and municipalities are taking action. North Royalton, for example, introduced a one-year moratorium on small-box stores in October.
However, the Broadview Heights moratorium came too late to prevent Dollar General from opening a store in the summer of 2019 at the northwest corner of Broadview and Wallings Roads.
According to the Moratorium Ordinance passed by the Broadview Heights Council, small-box stores – defined as 15,000 square feet or less and selling merchandise much cheaper than products sold in grocery stores and drugstores – are not not only a sign of economic distress, they are also the cause.
The order says small-box stores, due to their low prices, pose a threat to local grocery stores, which sell better and fresher food.
âSmaller discount stores employ fewer people at lower wages than grocery stores, are often the subject of class actions for violating fair labor standards, and rely heavily on taxpayers to subsidize their health care. employees, âsays the order.
Further, the ordinance states: âThere are concerns about the safety and security of small-box discount stores due to the often high incidence of crime and theft in and around them, often because of their lack of security. “
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