Soda Tax Closes Overbrook ShopRite, Owner Putting Up a Fight

The Rich Zeoli Show
March 19, 2019 - 1:36 pm

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PHILADELPHIA(1210 WPHT)- The Soda Tax caused declining sales that closed the Overbrook ShopRite, but the end may be near for the Soda Tax.

In an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show, Brown’s Family Superstore President and CEO Jeff Brown talked about the progress made on the bill that could end the the beverage tax.

“We have seven (city council) people signed up for the legislation, and of course, you need nine to pass it,” said Brown, who owns the ShopRite that closed. “And the mayor’s going to veto it, so we’re going to need 12 to overcome the veto.”

“We have been working with all the supermarkets, the convenience stores, and the whole hospitality business,” said Brown. “For whatever reason, it’s very intimidating to speak out.”

Brown alluded to Mayor Jim Kenney when explaining the trepidation of businesses to rise against the mayor’s beverage tax.

“If you don’t agree with everything he wants, he goes on Fox News or any news station and starts blasting you,” revealed Brown.

According to Brown, consumers cannot stand the beverage tax, either.

“People put up with a lot of taxes, but the beverage tax was the one that they just couldn’t accept.”

Listen to the full interview below.​