Changes in Formula Retail Restrictions Coming Up

Dema Grim (center) one of the members of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association celebrates on October 10, 2013 after the Board of Appeals grants her group a rehearing of their appeal of Jack Spade's building permit. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

The San Francisco Planning Commission has been looking at San Francisco’s restrictions against formula retail and will be proposing changes in May.

Those new guidelines, which are expected to be released in May, will try to steer a course between the outright ban on formula retail that many local merchants want and rules so loose that national companies could overwhelm the homegrown businesses that give San Francisco’s neighborhood retail districts their special flair.

“We’re trying to find the balance of what works,” said Kanishka Burns, the city planner overseeing the project. READ MORE 

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