New regulations for chain stores in S.F. proposed 

click to enlarge Uniqlo and other chain stores would fall under the new rules proposed by Supervisor Eric Mar. - YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Uniqlo and other chain stores would fall under the new rules proposed by Supervisor Eric Mar.

Chain store regulations would increase under a citywide proposal submitted by Supervisor Eric Mar on Tuesday.

Other proposals with a more narrow focus on certain neighborhoods have been introduced by Mar's colleagues, and the Planning Commission has been reviewing existing controls.

Mar wants restrictions to include more types of retail and businesses with a larger presence outside the U.S.

Currently, The City defines chain stores as businesses having 11 or more locations nationwide. These are banned in some neighborhoods, while in most others they have to go through a more extensive review process and obtain a special conditional-use permit that can be appealed.

Mar's proposal would define a chain as having 11 or more outlets worldwide. It would include such retailers as adult entertainment, gyms, hotels and tobacco paraphernalia sellers, among others. A business in which 50 percent or more is owned by a formula retail company also would be considered a chain.

The legislation would increase required public notification and mandate that applicants have a consultant prepare an economic impact report as part of the approval process.

Examples of chain stores that would fall under the new rules include Uniqlo and Chevron gas stations.

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