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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Faulty Study Ignores Small Business Benefits

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bogus-chain-store-study-ignores-small-business-benefits/

Last month, San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis issued a new study concluding that the city’s policy restricting the spread of chain stores is harming the local economy. But the OEA’s sweeping conclusion rests on bad data and a deeply flawed analysis that misses many of the benefits of independent business. In this article for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, we detail exactly how the study gets it wrong. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 9 Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2012

How San Francisco is Dealing With Chains

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/san-francisco-dealing-chains/

San Francisco is home to more independent businesses than other big cities, thanks in part to a 2006 law than gives neighborhoods the power to reject “formula” retail stores and restaurants. But the policy has major gaps, which have opened the way for chains to slip into the city. City leaders are now looking to beef up the law. Continue reading

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Formula Business Restriction – San Francisco, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2321-2/

Throughout most of the city, including all of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Commercial Districts, formula retail stores and restaurants are considered conditional uses. This means they must be approved by the Planning Commission on a case-by-case basis. In evaluating whether to grant a permit for a formula business, the Planning Commission considers several criteria, including the existing concentration of formula  businesses within the neighborhood, whether similar goods or services are already available, and the balance of neighborhood-serving versus citywide- or regional-serving businesses. In additional, formula retail and restaurant uses are prohibited outright in several neighborhoods. Continue reading

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Formula Business Restriction – McCall, ID

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2863-2/

In 2006, McCall, Idaho, enacted an ordinance that limits formula restaurants to only 10% of the total number of restaurants and limits formula retail businesses to no more than 10% of the total number of "like businesses" in town.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2008

Formula Business Restriction – York, ME

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2326-2/

At a town meeting in May 2004, residents of York, Maine, voted to amend the town’s zoning ordinance to prohibit formula restaurants. Continue reading

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Formula Business Restriction – Solvang, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2325-2/

One of the first communities to enact a formula business restriction, the town of Solvang prohibits formula restaurants from locating in its village center. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2008

Formula Business Restriction – Sausalito, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2324-2/

Sausalito treats both formula restaurants and retail stores as "conditional uses" that require a special permit to open or expand.  Continue reading

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Formula Business Restriction – San Juan Bautista, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2322-2/

San Juan Bautista bars all formula retail stores and restaurants, and all stores over 5,000 square feet. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2008

Formula Business Restriction – Port Townsend, WA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2319-2/

Port Townsend limits formula retail stores and restaurants to a single commercial zone along the main road leading into the town and bars them from all other areas of town, including the downtown.  Within that zone, formula businesses are not allowed to exceed 3,000 square feet nor occupy more than 50 linear feet of street frontage.  Formula restaurants are subject to additional scrutiny. Continue reading