Mobile Grocery Ordinance Passes
This morning, the Council unanimously passed the ordinance I authored that will allow mobile grocery stores to operate in Minneapolis. This is a small but significant step towards increasing healthy food access in our city, and building our local alternative food economy by allowing more small-scale, food businesses to operate in the city. Businesses that can help support local growers and connect our area farms and farmers with Minneapolis residents.
- Allowing mobile food stores to operate in more locations. The old ordinance only allowed these businesses to operate in “designated senior citizens' high rise apartments,” which the ordinance does not define. The proposed amendments would allow mobile food stores to operate in parking lots for commercial, industrial and large-scale residential properties.
- Creating a new spacing requirement to prevent mobile food stores from operating within 100 feet of a licensed brick-and-mortar grocery store or farmers market that is currently operating, except with the permission of that grocery store or farmers market.
- More clearly allowing mobile food stores to carry non-packaged fresh produce.
- Requiring mobile food stores to carry at least 7 varieties of fresh produce, with at least 30 pounds or 50 items total. There is no produce requirement in the existing ordinance, so this is a significant change.
- Allowing mobile food stores to sell either from within the vehicle or outside the vehicle, in a farmers market stall sized space within thirty feet of the vehicle.
- Prohibiting the sale of alcohol and tobacco products at mobile food stores, and limiting the sale of non-food items to no more than 10% of the store’s total stock.