Several small municipalities in the US are resisting major chains to preserve the local community's character and help economic development.

USA Today reports of several towns in America that have banned chain restaurants in order to save their regions’ charm. Springdale, a town in Utah with a population of just 500, is one municipality that has passed an ordinance and is currently resisting the opening of a Subway restaurant franchise. Their reasoning is that such formula restaurants conflict with their town’s general plan and spoils the local community’s character and economic development. On the other hand, attorneys representing the investors of these restaurants have dubbed such ordinances as unconstitutional and infringing upon their free-enterprise right to open franchises and have filed a suit against Springdale’s ordinance.

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