NYC moves to crack down on fast delivery apps’ ‘darkish shops’

Mayor Eric Adams is transferring to crack down on the proliferation of warehouse-like areas that grocery delivery apps have created inside former Big Apple storefronts – ordering them to enable clients to store there or transfer to the outskirts of the town, The Post has realized.

Critics together with City 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 principally as warehouses and will subsequently transfer out of neighborhoods zoned for retail use.

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

This week, the Department of Buildings issued extra particular steerage on how the storefronts can proceed to do business, saying they need to enable consumers to enter, choose up objects or place an order — with out requiring them to first obtain an app.

Businesses that don’t enable consumers to enter the shop and to buy items on the spot could be relegated to areas of the town zoned for manufacturing, a DOB spokesperson informed The Post.

New York City is issuing new rules that will regulate where these businesses can operate.
New York City is issuing new guidelines that may regulate the place these companies can function.
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The DOB likewise took purpose at practices which have led to the nickname “dark stores” as a result of passersby can’t see contained in the areas. The company stated any storefront home windows which can be obscured by “more than 50% with posters, paper, vinyl tint, and other opaque materials may result in 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 More.

“The Adams administration is committed to fostering innovation and protecting quality of life as part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery for our city, and we expect the final version of this technical analysis will do just that,” a spokesperson for the mayor’s office stated in a press release.

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

“We are still in the midst of this process, and we look forward to continued engagement with elected officials, advocates, and community partners to ensure we get this right,” the spokesperson added.

The proposed guidelines can be open for public remark till May 20.

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