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Old 07-02-2017, 05:27 PM
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I know some out of staters who are thinking of opening stores in California. They are wondering about this state legislation that was passed in 2014 but was put on hold by a referendum on 2015 but approved by voters at November of 2016. From what I read in the context there appears to be a narrow definition of businesses covered under Sb270 Legislation:

Grocery Stores: Full-line, self-service retail stores with gross annual sales of at least $2 million that sell a line of dry groceries, canned good, or nonfood items, and some perishable items.
Large Retail Stores with a Pharmacy: Stores that have at least 10,000 square feet of retail space and pharmacy that generate sales or use tax.
Convenience Stores, Food Marts, or Liquor Stores: Stores engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods, generally including milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, and that hold a Type 20 or Type 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
It's obvious that super centers like Walmart and Target, supermarkets such as safeway, Vons, Ralph's, and Albertsons would be considered under the first category. And grocery pharmacies such Walgreens and cvs would be considered the Second category.
And convenience and liquor stores such as 7-Eleven and circle K that sells alcohol.

Though in this case does a 99 cent store or dollar store meet one of the three definitions? As they don't have a pharmacy and don't seem to meet the full defintion of a supermarket/supercenter. What about non grocery retail stores that incidentally sell edibles ie Frys electronics, Staples, Daiso, etc. Or convenience stores that does not sell alcohol nor is licensed to do so such as many smaller corner Marts or convenience store stands? I know people who are from out of state who want to open such stands in CA. It appears Hudson News in CA airports are affected even though they don't seem to meet the definition as they mostly sell non edibles except for some snacks and drinks and don't sell alcohol. Many stores in places such as Chinatown or ethnic Asian plazas may sell food but don't quite meet the definitions of a affected "store" in SB270 at all.

I know that generally farmers market vendors are exempt. Though I heard some markets have restricted bags on their own terms. The vendors in those markets or cities that passed ordinances pre SB270 that covers markets before mostly just turn to handleless bags that are still made of the same plastics. Which seems pretty stupid and meaningless as you will end up having the same amount of plastics just without handles.
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