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Petition to Carolyn Wallace Dee, David Tirman, Jessica Abrams, Patrick Flora, Morgan Goodwin, Doug Gadow, Jerusha Hall, Seth Kielas, David Polivy, Amanda Wiebush

Truckee Cannot Sustain 3 New Grocery Stores

The Town of Truckee, in complete disregard to findings in previous and current economic retail studies that indicate the Town cannot sustain an influx of multiple grocery stores, is pushing forward with several new stores. In late December 2017, the Town’s Planning Commission approved a 35,000 square foot Nugget Markets in the Railyard Project. In January 2018, the same commissioners approved a 35,700 square foot Raley’s project to anchor the Soaring Ranch commercial development at Joerger Ranch. And in February 2018, the commissioners will consider a 17,600 square foot Grocery Outlet store located at Donner Pass Road. The addition of 88,300 square feet of new grocery in Truckee is not sustainable. In 2010, the Town of Truckee retained Bay Area Economics (BAE) to, “analyze the potential economic impacts of the proposed PC-3 Specific Plan development on existing development and other planned development within the Town of Truckee.” The study touches on the addition of new retail grocery in Truckee through 2023. Below are some of the key findings: “The food stores category shows an increase in demand through 2023 that could support only one full size grocery store (approximately 50,000 square feet).” “This information suggests that if a full-sized supermarket is targeted also for PC-3, there would not be adequate demand to support the Town’s existing supermarkets plus the new grocery space planned for the Railyard and Gray’s Crossing.” Existing stores will close in Truckee with the addition of 88,300 square feet of new grocery. In December 2018, the statewide advocacy group, Protect CEQA, retained Area Research Associates to study the implications of the proposed three new grocery stores on the Truckee market. Below are some of the key findings: “Save Mart will close…After opening of the 3 proposed new supermarkets, it is projected to experience a cumulative impact that would reduce its profitability to 33% below break-even threshold. Population growth will do little to help this unit since it would be operating at 32% below break-even by 2021, certainly not providing enough incentive for it to continue operation.” “New Moon Natural Foods will close… The proposed opening of all 3 proposed supermarkets will drop profitability at this unit to 27% below break-even levels. Population growth over the next 4 years will only minimally improve this impact, and because this store is an independent operator it will not have the sustainability of a large, chain supermarket.”  JMA Ventures' (the Raley's developers) funded BAE Urban Economics memorandum reviews the issue of existing store closures with the addition of new grocery competitors. The January 2018 analysis, while stopping short of outright saying stores will close, indicated that a) the current market economy in Truckee is strong and, therefore, b) "Should an existing grocer close for some reason, there will likely be demand from other users to fill the available space, although it may be a non-grocery use and it may be necessary to subdivide a larger space into smaller spaces." In other words, even if stores close, the market is good enough that the vacant spaces won't be vacant for long.  There are many remaining unanswered questions that the Planning Commission, for whatever reason, fail to adequately address such as: Where will the workforce needed to fill all these new grocer jobs come from? There are plenty of “we’re hiring” signs on existing businesses throughout town. Where will these 300+ new workers come from? Where will this new workforce live? Housing is already expensive in Truckee. Plus, for whatever reason, the Raley’s developers and the Planning Department, have taken the multi-family housing component out of the Soaring Ranch project. The explanation: it complicated the Raley’s application process to this is easier. Will the wages be adequate enough for this new workforce to own homes? Again, Truckee is expensive with inadequate affordable housing options. Will this new workforce make livable wages to own homes? Can the afford to rent? Truckee should not approve new growth and development just of the sake of doing so. The Town is ignoring its own studies, as well as studies conducted by other third parties, that indicate Truckee cannot sustain three new grocery stores. By approving one new grocery store, the town is immediately impacting their ability to succeed by approving additional new grocery stores. Further, no new stores should be approved that will negatively impact existing businesses or the historic downtown area.

Sustainable Truckee
63 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Florida Governor, FISAPetition

VOTE NO on HB 81/SB 106-- Petition Against Anti-Local Business and Anti-Public Safety Bill

VOTE ‘NO’ ON SB106 / HB81 BILLS!PETITION AGAINST THIS ANTI-LOCAL BUSINESS and ANTI-PUBLIC SAFETY BILL!!!! SB 106 and HB 81 supports THREE MAIN THINGS:- Allows 16 and 17-year-olds to sell hard liquor- NO Access Control -- hard alcohol can be sold next to groceries, diapers, candy, guns…- Small and Family-Owned Local Business owners will be forced out of the marketplace by large corporations who can sell at less-than-cost and even claim exclusive rights to sell in the area! This is unacceptable. Please sign our petition and take action against these dangerous Bills.PUBLIC SAFETY / MINOR ACCESS - Currently, when minors enter a liquor store, they immediately stand out from customers that are of legal age. This makes identifying minors easier for the owner and employees and intimidates minors who realize that they are being constantly watched. When a minor enters a big chain store such as Wal-Mart, they do not stand out from the crowd. - Recklessly allowing hard liquor that is currently "No- Access" to be readily available to addicts, families, and underage individuals has already been predicted to cause a sharp increase in alcohol related crimes, injuries and deaths across the board.- The problem is that easy access to these liquors pose something called an "attractive nuisance" to children and teenagers. This translates into increased theft and consuming of hard liquor at an early age. - Studies show that continuous exposure to substances such as hard liquor increases the probability that minors will consume said substance. This leads to increased chances of substance abuse, addiction, and trying other illegal substances. - SB 106 AND HB 81 both allow 16-year-old employees to handle hard liquor. They will be able to sell it under the supervision of an 18-year-old. - Make no mistake, these bills are putting hard liquor directly into the hands of minors. SMALL BUSINESS / JOB LOSS - There are no citizen complaints about the inconvenience of buying hard liquor. There is no public demand or need for a change in current practices. SB 106 and HB 81 benefit only the large, out-of-state, corporations who want to increase their profit margins. - The passing of these laws will hurt the small, family-owned businesses who have followed the law to license and operate their business. - Many politicians that WE voted for campaigned on the platform that they support small businesses and the jobs and outreach they provide to our communities. - If these bills pass, it will destroy small businesses all over Florida. Many people will lose their jobs and livelihoods. - If these bills are passed, large conglomerates such as Wal-Mart will be able to store more liquor. What then follows is that they will then be able to buy more. This gives them something called a "super buying power" which gives them the unique ability to purchase large quantities at one time for a heavily discounted cost. This is being done now with other inventory. It is quite simply impossible for mom-and-pop stores to compete with these large companies when the companies can charge less than the cost of the item.- This very thing happened when large chain marts first opened their doors- individually owned, local marts had to lay off employees and ultimately close their stores. They lost their primary, or in many cases, only source of income because the large corporations held an unfair advantage in the market. There is a large and significant difference between then and now. This will lead to a loss of jobs and wages for thousands of people. I am not referring just to the direct and devastating impact this will have on independent liquor store owners and operators, but the long-term effect this will have to many in the industry. With the loss of independent stores, the need for and the quantity of salesmen, sales reps, drivers, etc. will diminish rapidly. EXCLUSIVE USE LEASE RIGHTS - "Exclusive Use Lease Rights" is a term that means when a business leases a space in a shopping center, there will be a clause that prohibits the landlord from leasing other space in the same plaza to a direct competitor. - That means these large businesses can put liquor in their anchor stores and add it to their "exclusive use" list. That gives them the power to muscle out liquor stores from the best shopping center locations!- We are already facing an uphill battle, this gives large conglomerates like Wal-Mart a huge advantage over small, family-owned businesses!- Being forced to relocate or face heavy fines will be the kiss of death to many if not all independent stores. In addition to moving expenses and relocation fees, there will be an added loss of regular customers and the foot traffic associated with the best locations. - The owners of these small businesses are on the hook for leases and loans taken out to own and operate their own business. The passing of these bills will force many honest, hardworking Americans into bankruptcy. "VOTE ‘NO’ ON SB 106/HB 81 BILLS!Please sign our petition and take action against these dangerous Bills. **ALSO SIGN HERE:

Small-Business Owners of Florida
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