Roeland Park will limit the operation of thrift stores and so-called “small-box discount retailers” within the city by requiring a 5,000-foot separation from any similar retailer.
The ordinance was designed to address “dollar-type” stores, according toe City Administrator Keith Moody. “We’re not saying we don’t want them, we just don’t want a concentration,” Moody said. Fast had asked questions about which businesses would be affected by the definitions.
“The Governing Body hereby finds that small-box discount retailers and thrift stores have a deleterious impact on neighboring properties by lowering property values and adversely affecting rental rates of nearby commercial properties,” the ordinance states.
(Read more: Prairie Village Post)