New England's First Rule Governing Franchise Stores

Bristol, RI seeks to protect historic districts, by adopting strict guidelines for chain stores and franchises.
May 14, 2004, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"In an effort to preserve Bristol's historic character, the Town Council last night adopted regulations that will force chain stores and franchises to meet a strict set of guidelines before they can open branches downtown... By doing so, the town became the first community in New England and one of a handful across the country to clamp down on so-called formula businesses -- Banana Republic, Starbucks and similar companies that are required by contract to have standardized menus, decor, uniforms and other features." [Free registration required.]

Reader Kennedy Smith writes: "Actually, this ISN'T the first ordinance like this in New England. Provincetown, Massachusetts has had a 'formula business' ordinance in place for several years." [Thanks, Kennedy.]

Thanks to Joshuah Mello

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Published on Thursday, May 13, 2004 in The Providence Journal
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