Charlotte food truck owners say proposed ordinance would hurt business

Published: Apr. 21, 2014 at 12:36 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2014 at 1:54 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Friday's rainy weather didn't stop hundreds from coming out to enjoy Food Truck Friday in the Queen City's South End. Food truck owners say they are worried about a proposed ordinance that could, if passed, do serious damage to business.

Food truck vendors tell WBTV they are concerned about a proposal that would put tighter restrictions on residential neighborhood sales and limit how many times truck owners can sell from a location. The proposal allows vendors to sell from the same location one time per week.

Vendors were quick to point out that proposal is in its early stages, and nothing is set in stone. Still, many are concerned.

"Every week there's a new truck or someone with a new idea coming out," said food truck owner Brian Seeley. He owns and operates Herban Legend, and says the food truck business in Charlotte is booming. He says any proposal to limit sales could hurt the entire industry.

"Some of the rules from what I hear are going to change it so you can only have an event on the same lot once a week," he said.

WBTV also spoke with Michael Bowling, who owns Hot Box, another truck in the area. He's also worried about the proposal.

"It scared me to death. My truck will be a year old in June," he said.

Bowling and Seeley say they hope to come to a resolution with the city, so that they can continue operating in neighborhoods and on the same lot more than one time a week.

"We have the support of the people, and if we can get the support of the city, they definitely have our support," Seeley said.

Charlotte's Planning Department employees were off for Good Friday, but a city spokesperson told WBTV that the proposals are very preliminary and they could change before council takes a final vote Monday, July 21. There will be a public hearing on the proposal on Monday, June 16.

To read the proposal, click here.

To access the food truck owners' petition, go to

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