Pawn Shop Owner to City of Rock Hill: "We're not thieves!" -

Pawn Shop Owner to City of Rock Hill: "We're not thieves!"

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There will be new regulations placed on pawn shops in Rock Hill and where they can open up shop. Monday night, Rock Hill City Council passed new regulations that classify pawn shops as “alternative lenders” because they provide cash to their customers.

Here are some of the new restrictions passed Monday night:

1. Can’t open within 300 feet of a school, church or public park

2. Can’t open within 1,000 feet of another pawn shop or alternative lending space

3. Shops must open in “multi-tenant” space such as a shopping center.

“We’re not thieves or cheaters or liars,” said Doug Mason who has owned Rock Hill Pawn Shop for 26 years. “We’re out to help people make ends meat.”

But Rock Hill City Council voted in these new regulations to limit all of the pawn shops that are opening on or around Cherry Road.

“When you have a concentration of these types of alternative financial service locations in an area then it can make an area look economically depressed,” said Leah Youngblood of Rock Hill Planning and Development.

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