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Re: WSJ: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
« Reply #15 on: 05-19-2015, 12:28am »
 Thing that's essential is to streamline the process to opening small businesses... increasing fees and regulations that could dissuade or frustrate the very people you want investing and building businesses in the city is counterproductive, as much as I do support the proposal now adopted into law. NO mixed messages here... we have to be welcoming to those who want to help invest and build in the community. I do support the Mayor generally but you can't push a policy that makes some common sense yet by making it hard on these businesses with having to pony up more or deal with more layers of rules and regulations, subvert it senselessly. After all, by these measures only chains who have money to burn would be well equipped to invest downtown.

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Jersey City Council approves measure restricting chain stores in Downtown
By Patrick McGovern | The Jersey Journal
on May 15, 2015 at 4:24 PM

JERSEY CITY -- The City Council has approved a controversial ordinance proposed by Mayor Steven Fulop's administration limiting chain stores in the Downtown section of the city.

The ordinance would limit chain stores to a maximum of 30 percent of ground-floor commercial space in Downtown buildings, although some portions of the Waterfront -- including Newport -- will be exempt.

The council voted 8-1 Wednesday to approve the measure that adopts "amendments to various redevelopment plans to add formula business restrictions" despite numerous pleas against the ordinance from audience members at the Wednesday night meeting. Ward C councilman Rich Boggiano cast the lone dissenting vote. Read more

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Re: WSJ: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
« Reply #13 on: 04-22-2015, 01:13pm »
:fulop:'s Op-Ed in teh HuffPo.



Limiting Retail Chains While Supporting Small Businesses Is Key to Urban Vibrancy and Employment Gains

Posted: 04/21/2015 6:18 pm EDT Updated: 04/21/2015 6:59 pm EDT

The rapid urban population growth has been well-documented and heralds the revitalization of so many American cities. Millennials, especially, are choosing to live in cities because of their diversity, vibrancy and cultural texture. But to some degree, this feel is at risk as large chain retailers are looking to "mall-ize" urban America.

Planners and many residential developers are unhappily looking at the influx of formula retailers into vibrant urban downtown neighborhoods. Residents who chose their neighborhoods because of the pulse there feel similarly. As a Mayor, I agree with them.

In Jersey City, we are looking to maintain our eclectic and unique retail mix by limiting certain types of stores, restaurants and banks. Under our plan, which is similar to what San Francisco has done, only 30 percent of commercial space in certain downtown areas can be rented to a business that has 10 other properties within 300 miles of Jersey City. Grocery stores are exempt. This plan should serve as a model for other American cities.

Some say the free market should decide who rents retail space but that's a false choice. Think about it. In maintaining the texture of our city, we are also boosting the small business owners who have significantly contributed to our revival by investing so heavily in their boutiques, stores and restaurants. They have helped to make Jersey City a magnet for development, so why let the national chains push them aside now that these corporate giants see a lucrative market they did little to help create.

Small business owners typically live close to where they work so local entrepreneurs are fully invested in their communities and every day we see the difference this makes in Jersey City. In the last 18 months over 150 small businesses, including 50 restaurants, have opened in Jersey City and we want to see more come our way. In fact, the unemployment rate has fallen faster in Jersey City than any other city in our region and is outpacing the state of New Jersey as well. This strongly suggests that encouraging small business start ups and expansion is a key to reducing unemployment as they make up 99 percent of American private sector employers.

The commitment small business owners bring to a city helps make their communities more livable. This initiative in Jersey City not only creates jobs and improves the quality of life for residents, it also is smart urban planning that will bring more vitality to neighborhoods. It's a policy other cities should follow.

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Re: WSJ: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
« Reply #12 on: 04-09-2015, 01:27pm »
:fulop: was on The Brian Lehrer Show yesterday talking about limiting chain stores in Jersey City to encourage a more eclectic mix of retail businesses. Listen here.
I support the move by Fulop.  Landlords want the most $ they can get. It's still 30%, chain stores are NOT being banned (supermarkets are not included in this ban as well) but what he's trying to do is avoid an influx of a chain store mentality with rents so high other prospective tenants couldn't rent. Keep or develop a neighborhood character. While I wish he went more into this in his podcast appearance those who suggest a free market approach fail to take into account when big chains get involved it all becomes about the money and how high rents charged can go... landlords don't care about what the public wants so much as they greatly appreciate big chains including banks can pay top dollar. Who cares about a diverse neighborhood where you can get huge rents from cash cow big chains who are all about squeezing out the competition... and what better way to do so than being able to afford sky high rents because you've got a huge cushion in reserve. Mom and pop and small niche businesses and chains can't compete. There will be a  good number of box options still available but now you get a more local, connected sector of the business base that's invested more in the community(and no, they don't necessarily have to have ownership who lives in the community or even necessarily base their business in the community, it could be a small, niche chain). All I see with the New York developing neighborhoods is corporate visions of wall to wall big chains, with little or no community character. We should be able to have choices big, small and in between and just relying on the free market leaves out that once corporations insert tentacles they just keep spreading... money talks far more often to ensure corporate dominance, it's not mere consumer demand.

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Re: WSJ: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
« Reply #11 on: 04-09-2015, 09:23am »
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Listen here.


No thanks.  I already know who Steven Fulop is, so I'll pass on the advertising materials. 

A retail landscape that wasn't becoming increasingly homogenized by chain stores sounds wonderful, but so would an urban landscape that wasn't becoming increasingly homogenized by cheap residential high rise buildings.  But hey, if a politician can't have it both ways, who can?

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Re: WSJ: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
« Reply #10 on: 04-09-2015, 07:56am »
:fulop: was on The Brian Lehrer Show yesterday talking about limiting chain stores in Jersey City to encourage a more eclectic mix of retail businesses. Listen here.

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Look at that PR missile go!

Too bad those things are propelled with hot air.

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Jersey City plan to limit chain stores clears hurdle
« Reply #8 on: 04-08-2015, 02:49pm »
Jersey City plan to limit chain stores clears hurdle
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on April 08, 2015 at 10:11 AM, updated April 08, 2015 at 10:17 AM   

JERSEY CITY -- Mayor Steve Fulop's plan to limit chain stores in the Downtown cleared its first major hurdle last night, with the Planning Board approving the restrictions nearly unanimously.

The new rules, which now move to the City Council for final approval, would limit chain stores from renting large ground-floor retails space in many Downtown locations. A large swath of the Waterfront, including Newport, would be exempt, as would grocery stores.

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Business groups have stated their disapproval, calling the proposed restrictions an example of government overreach.

The Planning Board vote was 7 to 1, with Michael Sims voting against. Read more

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I miss the old National whatever-it-is across from Barcade.

You don't like the new awning that has been incomplete for months now? :|

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And this from a Downtown that has tried to promote a consistent style in signage along Newark Ave?
I miss the old National whatever-it-is across from Barcade.
nikki: i can't keep up with rab and his George Clooney lifestyle of drinking wine, playing music and philanthropy

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The proposed rules define chain stores as those having "multiple locations within the region that exhibit standardized characteristics such as logos, menus, store decor" and more.

So no more pizza joints? :|

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If we can’t vote more wisely with our spending habits, we deserve a nation full of chain stores.

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More detail fron the JJ:

Chain stores would be limited in Jersey City Downtown under new rules
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on April 07, 2015 at 10:19 AM, updated April 07, 2015 at 3:47 PM

JERSEY CITY -- The Fulop administration is proposing rules intended to limit chain stores in the city's Downtown.

The new rules, set for discussion at tonight's Planning Board meeting, seek to preserve and protect the character of Downtown neighborhoods, Mayor Steve Fulop told The Jersey Journal.

"Mom-and-pop-type retailers protect that and foster that and encourage that," Fulop said.

Fulop noted that the owners of the former Hard Grove Cafe intend to convert that space, located across the street from the Grove Street PATH station in a heavily trafficked area of the Downtown, into a bank.

"From our standpoint, that's not necessarily the best community need or asset," he said. "You want to see more interest diversity, texture to neighborhood retailers"

The proposed rules define chain stores as those having "multiple locations within the region that exhibit standardized characteristics such as logos, menus, store decor" and more. The rules would limit chains to only a maximum of 30 percent of ground-floor commercial space Downtown, with some portions of the Waterfront exempt.

Grocery stores would not be affected.

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Fulop said he wants to expand the rules outside of Downtown, but he wants to see more investment in areas like Journal Square or Bergen-Lafayette, whether franchises or not, before limiting chain stores there. Read more

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“Applebee’s isn’t exactly a food destination that attracts people from all over the region,” Mr. Fulop said. He added: “We don’t want every retail space to become a Gap, TGI Fridays or a Starbucks.”

A spokesman for DineEquity Inc., which owns Applebee’s: :|.


But seriously, a good move at the right time. WTG, :fulop:

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WSJ: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
« Reply #1 on: 04-07-2015, 08:45am »
http://www.wsj.com/articles/jersey-city-mayor-seeks-to-limit-chain-stores-downtown-1428369339

Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown

Proposal is intended to protect local shops; critics say free market is the best solution


Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop visits a small business along Grove Street in Jersey City, N.J. PHOTO: PETER FOLEY FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
By JOSH DAWSEY
Updated April 6, 2015 9:34 p.m. ET

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop wants to limit chain stores in downtown neighborhoods, joining an urban debate over whether cities should boost policies that favor mom-and-pop stores over chain retailers.

Under the new rules, only 30% of commercial space downtown could be rented to a business that has 10 other properties within 300 miles of Jersey City, according to a proposed draft.

Since many of the best-known chain stores and restaurants have many more properties than that, Mr. Fulop is trying to dramatically limit chain businesses.

“Applebee’s isn’t exactly a food destination that attracts people from all over the region,” Mr. Fulop said. He added: “We don’t want every retail space to become a Gap, TGI Fridays or a Starbucks.”

A spokesman for DineEquity Inc., which owns Applebee’s, declined to comment.


Stella's restaurant on Grove Street in Jersey City, N.J., has been owned by the Ioakimidis family since 1976. PHOTO: PETER FOLEY FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Mr. Fulop said the proposal, which he plans to announce at a City Council meeting Tuesday night, has angered some developers but has won praise from some local businesses.

In places such as San Francisco and Nantucket, Mass., rules have limited chain retailers from locating in certain neighborhoods, and local officials have been praised for keeping an eclectic mix of coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Proponents of such rules, who include neighborhood activists, urban planners and coalitions of small retailers, say regulations maintain the character in neighborhoods and keep rents down for small businesses.

In New York, neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side have become saturated with bank outposts and yogurt shops.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and other officials have pushed new rules that are designed to help small businesses keep their leases.

Critics say limiting chain businesses is discriminatory and that the free market should determine who takes retail spaces. Many residents want banks and other chain establishments nearby for convenience, and others depend on them for jobs.

Tom Bracken, president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, called the Jersey City proposal “ridiculous” and said Mr. Fulop would regret imposing new regulations on businesses. The city’s gains, he said, could be reversed.

“The last thing you want to be doing is turning away business,” Mr. Bracken said. He said no other New Jersey city had tried such a policy.

Jonathan Bowles, executive director for New York-based Center for an Urban Future, said he supports the idea of regulating development. “It just becomes difficult to draw the line on when you can’t have a business somewhere,” he said.

Benefiting from its proximity to New York City, Jersey City’s commercial and residential development has surged in recent years, in contrast with sluggish growth in other parts of the state. Still, Jersey City is far less developed than some other places that have tried to curb chain businesses and is hardly a tourism destination on its own.

Jersey City is defining a chain business as one that is contractually obligated to maintain a facade, menu items, merchandise or color scheme, among other qualifications. Grocery stores aren't affected by the proposal, according to the draft ordinance.

Downtown streets have neighborhood bars, restaurants and shops, along with restaurant chains such as Five Guys and Qdoba. The city has boomed with new condominiums, even as pockets remain crime-ridden and impoverished. Some have criticized Mr. Fulop for focusing too much on downtown, though he has announced developments in other parts of the city.

Mr. Fulop is eyeing a 2017 bid for governor and intends to sell the city’s story as part of his campaign. His administration is marketing Jersey City as the best midsize city in the country, spending more than $1 million on an ad campaign.

Some business officials and developers question whether the city’s economy is strong enough to turn down any development.

Mr. Fulop said limiting chain stores and restaurants would prove to be a smart long-term strategy. “If you look forward three, four, five years and Jersey City is filled with franchise and formula-based businesses, it would no longer be a place where you would see the continued growth,” he said.

He has won over some developers, including David Barry, whose Ironstate Development has built several high-rises downtown. Mr. Barry said it would be easier to attract residents to a diverse downtown.

David Massoni, who owns two restaurants in Jersey City, said development has brought a “renaissance of sorts” that could be hurt by big-box retailers. Parts of Jersey City remind him of Brooklyn, where he operates three other restaurants in Park Slope.

Write to Josh Dawsey at joshua.dawsey@WSJ.com

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WSJ: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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