City of San Diego ban’s Supercenter Stores

Last night the San Diego city council voted 5-3 to ban supercenter stores that use 10 percent of their floor space for the sale of non-taxable groceries.

In my lifetime I have witnessed this go full cycle. Growing up I can recall going to the local mom and pop grocery store where our parents purchased groceries on an open line of credit. The owners kept cards for each credit customer who would come in on payday to pay their bill.

Sometime later the Atlantic & Pacific (A&P)grocery chains opened which put many of the corner grocery stores out of business. Fast forward to the 21st Century and we see these very same food chains complaining about competition. It was OK to drive the mom’s and pop’s out of business in the 50’s but it is not acceptable to have a Wal-Mart or similar superstore in your back yard. What goes around comes back around.

The northern CA city of Turlock imposed a ban on any superstore in excess of 100,000 square feet that offered non-taxable groceries that utilized five percent or more of the store’s square footage.

The question for readers. Where should the line be drawn as to “big brother” telling us where we can purchase our groceries?

The same “progress” has impacted many other small businesses who lack the lobby clout of big box stores such as Costco where you can purchase electronics, prescriptions, eye glasses, clothing, books, food, photo processing, meats and tires for your car.

What impact has Costco had on those individual businesses in your city?

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