The Hague to ban new fast grocery delivery people in residential and shopping areas
The Hague has banned new fast grocery delivery establishments in its shopping areas and residential streets, the city announced on Wednesday. These “dark stores” will now only open in arteries and places of activity, reports De Telegraaf.
With this, The Hague is the first city in the Netherlands to implement a policy of fast grocery delivery services like Getir, Flink and Gorillas. The new policy does not apply to existing dark stores – distribution points for fast delivery services.
“Quick deliverers are innovative entrepreneurs filling a need. But by banning new branches of these businesses in The Hague‘s main business structure and adjusting the associated fifty zoning plans, the municipality has more control over the locations of future branches. In this way, we ensure that it remains pleasant to live in The Hague,” said Alderman Anne Mulder for Urban Development.
“We see that our residents also order groceries from fast delivery people, but the commercial areas do not correspond to the many transport movements and commercial operations of these services,” said Alderman Saskia Bruines for the economy. . According to her, the municipality regularly receives complaints about noise or scooters blocking the sidewalk.
Amsterdam is working on a similar policy for fast grocery delivery services. The capital has announced that it will banish them from residential and mixed areas, where businesses and homes mix.