San Francisco has restrictions on chain stores that have been modified over the years both by voters and the Board of Supervisors. Now, Supervisor Eric Mar is examining how they are working and if there is a need for increased controls. Read More
Just because San Francisco has a well-documented aversion to chain stores doesn’t mean the national retailers can’t finagle their way into the market — they just have to woo the neighbors first. Read More
In a city famous for its chain-store battles, the national pet store chain Petco is threatening to sue over a proposed law that would prevent it from moving into the Richmond neighborhood.
With more than 100,000 households reportedly owning pets, San Francisco is a thriving market for pet supply stores. But the healthy marketplace has ignited a fight between independently owned pet supply stores and larger chains. Read More
Just four weeks after Petco filed a permit to open in the Richmond district, an outright ban that would block the pet-supply chain store was proposed Tuesday.
The chain store’s effort has turned into the latest heated land-use battle in San Francisco, whose residents have earned a reputation for putting up fierce fights against big-name chains, including Starbucks and American Apparel. Read More
Chain stores came under fire anew by members of the Board of Supervisors who introduced two separate resolutions this week: one that would ban formula retail stores in Chinatown and another that would expand the neighborhoods where chain stores would have a tough time setting up shop. Read More