Battle over chain stores in East Hampton heats up

A resolution before the town board would make "formula stores" face public hearings

TRD New York /
Aug.August 01, 2014 01:00 PM

After years of unrest among some locals in East Hampton, the movement to limit chain stores in the hamlet is gathering momentum.

The town’s five-member board will discuss a resolution next week to require “formula stores” to obtain a special permit and go through a public hearing process before setting up shop, the New York Times reported. The resolution defines a formula store as a retailer with 15 U.S. locations that sell the same merchandise.

The movement began in earnest after a 7-Eleven arrived in Montauk four years ago, though some critics pointed to the arrival of luxury retailers in East Hampton Village over the last few decades, according to the newspaper. Some in the anti-chain store set say those retailers are for rich visitors, while others think the loss of the town’s quaint, mom-and-pop character could actually hurt the vacation industry.

Critics of the resolution include landlords, who do not want to deal with additional layers of bureaucracy when renting out their shops, the Times reported. [NYT]Tom DiChristopher


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: 263 Surfside Drive and Ivan Kaufman with 901 and 939 Scuttle Hole Road (Credit: VHT Studios, Arbor)

The 10 priciest Hamptons home sales of 2019

The 10 priciest Hamptons home sales of 2019
Harry Macklowe (Credit: Getty Images)

Macklowe’s brazen Hamptons act recalls Times Square scandal

Macklowe’s brazen Hamptons act recalls Times Square scandal
Jeffrey Collé and Andrew Saunders (Credit: Hampton’s Real Estate, Facebook, and iStock)

Hamptons builder pleads not guilty to assaulting Andrew Saunders

Hamptons builder pleads not guilty to assaulting Andrew Saunders
Helmut Lang and an aerial of the Hamptons (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

Helmut Lang’s East Hampton compound could list for a massive $100M

Helmut Lang’s East Hampton compound could list for a massive $100M
Hamptons Cheat Sheet: After ‘Trump bump,’ Joe Farrell taps Saunders to market $200M portfolio, East Hampton still tops for renters… & more

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: After ‘Trump bump,’ Joe Farrell taps Saunders to market $200M portfolio, East Hampton still tops for renters… & more

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: After ‘Trump bump,’ Joe Farrell taps Saunders to market $200M portfolio, East Hampton still tops for renters… & more
Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Historic Southampton property with 3-hole golf course lists for $15.9M … & more

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Historic Southampton property with 3-hole golf course lists for $15.9M … & more

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Historic Southampton property with 3-hole golf course lists for $15.9M … & more
Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Southampton zoning board OKs East Quogue golf course, Amagansett inn seeks $6.9M … & more

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Southampton zoning board OKs East Quogue golf course, Amagansett inn seeks $6.9M … & more

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Southampton zoning board OKs East Quogue golf course, Amagansett inn seeks $6.9M … & more
64 Deep Lane in East Hampton. (Credit: Out East)

Looking for a summer getaway? Marilyn Monroe’s East Hampton cottage is available

Looking for a summer getaway? Marilyn Monroe’s East Hampton cottage is available
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...