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Supercenters On San Diego City Council Agenda This Week

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San Diego City Council will hold a Special Meeting this week to set conditions on big box retailers that want to open supercenters in the city. The proposal is different from the one in 2007, when the council tried to ban supercenters outright.

San Diego City Council will hold a Special Meeting this week to set conditions on big box retailers that want to open supercenters in the city. The proposal is different from the one in 2007, when the council tried to ban supercenters outright.

Supercenters are not your ordinary big-box store. They are mega stores of more than 90,000 square feet that sell groceries as well as other merchandise.

San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria said he’s concerned that a supercenter could wipe out smaller business nearby, and create traffic problems.

He's not proposing a ban, rather he wants an ordinance that would require the store to pay for an economic and community impact analysis before the council could grant a permit.

“The city has invested millions of taxpayer dollars to revitalize business districts throughout the city, “Gloria said .“Permitting supercenters that have the potential of decimating those very same business districts -- we’re really working at cross purposes.”

To get a permit, the economic impact analysis would have to find that a superstore would not adversely affect small businesses or neighborhood character.

Wal-Mart is not the only big-box retailer affected by the ordinance, but the company has paid for full page newspaper ads opposing the ordinance.

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