A Fact Based look at Formula Retail, Wednesday, September 25, 7PM Castro Community Meeting Room (above BofA)

Regardless of your position on formula retail, i.e. chain stores, it is important for us all to be informed on the issue - what are the “Facts Regarding Formula Retail.” This is especially important as the planning department is currently undergoing a citywide study of the issue with plans to implement a citywide policy on formula retail. I personally don’t know all the ends and outs of this very complex topic. Do limits on formula retail improve a business districts economic vitality, or does it hinder it? Does formula retail cause rents to increase or decrease? What is the right mix of formula retail in our neighborhood - 10%, 20%, 30%? Are formula retail establishments more table than locally owned? At our public meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 7PM, EVNA is hosting a panel discussion on this important topic. While I know this can be an emotional topic, often based on gut reactions, this panel discussion will be FACT BASED to answer these and other relevant questions. See cover story on this complex issue.

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