NYC moves to crack down on fast delivery apps’ ‘dark stores’

Mayor Eric Adams is shifting to crack down on the proliferation of warehouse-like areas that grocery supply apps have created inside former Large Apple storefronts – ordering them to permit prospects to buy there or transfer to the outskirts of town, The Put up has realized.

Critics together with Metropolis Council members Gale Brewer and Christopher Marte have argued that storefronts operated by apps like Gopuff and Gorillas violate zoning legal guidelines as a result of they function largely as warehouses and may subsequently transfer out of neighborhoods zoned for retail use.

In response, a number of the shops lately started permitting walk-in prospects in an ad-hoc method. 

This week, the Division of Buildings issued extra particular steering on how the storefronts can proceed to do enterprise, saying they need to permit consumers to enter, choose up gadgets or place an order — with out requiring them to first obtain an app.

Companies that don’t permit consumers to enter the shop and to buy items on the spot can be relegated to areas of town zoned for manufacturing, a DOB spokesperson instructed The Put up.

New York Metropolis is issuing new guidelines that can regulate the place these companies can function.
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The DOB likewise took intention at practices which have led to the nickname “darkish shops” as a result of passersby can’t see contained in the areas. The company mentioned any storefront home windows which might be obscured by “greater than 50% with posters, paper, vinyl tint, and different opaque supplies might lead to DOB violations.”

At one level there have been greater than 100 of places within the metropolis, however in latest months a quantity have folded, together with Russian-backed Buyk and Fridge No Extra.

“The Adams administration is dedicated to fostering innovation and defending high quality of life as a part of a sturdy and inclusive financial restoration for our metropolis, and we count on the ultimate model of this technical evaluation will do exactly that,” a spokesperson for the mayor’s workplace mentioned in a press release.

A Gopuff worker sitting on the floor in a store surrounded by merchandise.
Gopuff is among the many grocery supply apps which have arrange store within the Large Apple.
Courtesy of @gopuff

“We’re nonetheless within the midst of this course of, and we sit up for continued engagement with elected officers, advocates, and neighborhood companions to make sure we get this proper,” the spokesperson added.

The proposed guidelines shall be open for public remark till Could 20.

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