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Zoning Law Targets Rochester's Convenience Stores

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Rochester: Zoning Law Targets Rochester's Convenience Stores
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By a vote of 9 to 0, Rochester's City Council approved changes to the zoning and municipal codes for convenience stores.

The amendments include requiring new corner stores to sell a full line of food products including fresh vegetables, and limits the store's sales to either tobacco, beer and wine or lottery.

"Locally-owned convenience stores are through these zoning changes. They will be placed at a competitive disadvantage to the corporate chain stores through selling restrictions and restricted hours of operation. Again, the rich are getting rich and the poor are staying very poor," said Lisa Jakes, business owner.

"The proposed changes will positively benefit the 19th Ward and other city neighborhoods by curbing the number of stores that are focused on alcohol, lottery and tobacco, as these stores are often plagued with associated nuisances and criminal activity," said Susan Morehouse, 19th Ward Community Association.

Members of City Council say the legislation is focused at bad businesses.

The ordinance takes effect November 1st.

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