CHICAGO TAKES AIM AT RETAIL LEASES

CHICAGO -- City officials here are discussing controversial new legislation that would prohibit supermarkets and drug stores from using restrictive deed covenants to prevent competing operators from locating stores on their former properties.But retailers and business leaders say the measure risks chilling all investments by supermarkets by subjecting them to government interference and exposing them

CHICAGO -- City officials here are discussing controversial new legislation that would prohibit supermarkets and drug stores from using restrictive deed covenants to prevent competing operators from locating stores on their former properties.

But retailers and business leaders say the measure risks chilling all investments by supermarkets by subjecting them to government interference and exposing them to competitive threats they wouldn't experience elsewhere.

The issue came to

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