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Hypermarket restrictions

Polish politicians have voted to impose construction restrictions on hypermarkets.

Polish politicians have voted to impose construction restrictions on hypermarkets.

They approved a draft law forcing anyone wishing to build a supermarket of more than 2,000m
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to obtain approval from regional authorities.

The new legislation was advocated by the populist, rural-based party Samoobrona (Self-Defence), which is a junior member of the ruling conservative-led coalition.

Smaller supermarkets will require special permission from municipal authorities, although shops of less than 400m
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will not need to seek specific authorisation.

The Samoobrona party has been fighting for several years against large supermarkets, particularly those run by international retail chains, for allegedly driving small shops into bankruptcy.

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