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Breaking the business chains

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9:16 am

In November, Irvington passed a measure banning certain chain businesses and has since drafted an ordinance outlining details about the measure and its reasons.

The ban applies to any property zoned as B-1, which largely means the main commercial area in the downtown portion of the town along Route 200, explained Roy Kime, town manager. And the measure specifically targets food establishments and retailers. The three business categories expressly barred include:

*Formula restaurants, which are those that offer standardized menus, ingredients, food preparation, employee uniforms, interior décor, signage, or exterior design.

*Formula retail stores, which are those that adopt standardized layout, décor, uniforms, or similar standardized features.

*Outlet retailers whose main purpose is the quick turnover of after-market, overstock, defective, or past season merchandise.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 12/26/18