Minneapolis May Be on Verge of Secondhand Store Boom
Ordinance change opens the door to secondhand store clusters.
A 23-year old ordinance required at least 1,000 feet between secondhand stores in Minneapolis.
The ordinance was enacted when the shops were perceived as less than desirable. Attitudes have changed in regard to secondhand stores, especially in Minneapolis. The stores have become wildly popular. Seventy secondhand store dealers are now licensed in the city.
So the city council recently eliminated the space requirement for secondhand stores. It means these shops can open up right next to one another.
Advocates are now optimistic vintage store clusters will be created. Secondhand shoppers often enjoy visiting several nearby resale stores during one shopping trip.
The ordinance change enables clustering to occur.