A proposed "big box" ordinance wending its way through Calexico City Hall could be a good thing. Then again, it could be a bad thing.
By amending the city's general plan zoning ordinances to limit the amount of sales-floor space devoted to nontaxable items such as food to 5 percent if that store is more than 100,000 square feet, local smaller and family-owned grocery stores will be protected from these so-called "big box stores."
On the East Coast, and steadily extending west are a number of companies creating gigantic stores — some as large as 200,000 and 300,000 square-feet — where groceries priced astonishingly low because of buying power are tools by which shoppers are lured to buy other items.
Consequently, "mom and pop" grocery stores, and even chain outfits such as Vons and Albertson's, suffer because they begin to compete with a super-sized giant like Super Wal-Mart. Who could compete if one store is selling a dozen eggs for a $1.50 when everybody else is selling it for $2?