SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City Councilors are one step closer to extending a ban on new pawn shop licenses in the City.
The City Council unanimously voted Monday night to extend the ban for another 3 years. Final votes are expected to be taken next Monday before the ordinance is put into effect. The current ban expires in July.
City Councilor Tom Ashe told 22News why the ban would be for another 3 years instead of 2; “I want to give MGM the opportunity to get a solid foothold in the area. We want to attract positive business to downtown, restaurants and so on.”
There are 42 pawn shops in Springfield. William Miller, owner of the Peopl’es Pawn on Worthington Street, said he’s in favor of the extension to reduce competition for his business.