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New Legislation Forces NYC Retailers to Close Front Door

New Legislation Forces NYC Retailers to Close Front Door
Nicko Margolies

The last time we wrote about our ongoing discussion about retail stores leaving their doors open while blasting the AC, things did not look good. We closed the article saying “Maybe we consumer peons have lost the battle for now, but we’ll hold out for results on the war.” It looks like this optimism was actually in order because the New York City Council recently approved legislation that will fine stores that try to attract customers by blatantly wasting energy with gaping doors. This new legislation calls for a warning on the first offense, $200 for the next and $400 for any further violations. We first wrote about our annoyance with this retail policy in early July and our coverage continued as the issue became more public, spawned website sections and even yielded tangible results (later retracted). We’ll try not to gloat too much, but it certainly feels like the voices of levelheaded citizens and council members have prevailed over poor ethical retail practices. Thanks to everyone for their concern and continued submissions.

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