Should food trucks be allowed in Horry County?
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:00:55 GMT —
A Conway man says he has a solution for workers who need a quick lunch. It's a food truck that could stop at workplaces around Horry County.
But first, Karl Moser needs approval from the county to use it.
Moser has the truck, pre-packaged food to sell and even an idea for a business name: Stuff Your Face Lunch Wagon.
What he doesn't have is a license to operate, because the county doesn't have a food truck law on the books.
"All I'm saying is, 'Hey, Horry County, give us a chance.' Let us come out and make a living and help provide jobs," Moser said.
Moser has asked County Council to pass an ordinance that would allow and regulate food trucks.
Right now, he's only interested in providing quick lunches at work places.
"Hot sandwiches, we'll have cold sandwiches and soda and drinks. It's basically just a quick grab a sandwich and go."
But he says food trucks offering more enticing fare are popular in bigger cities and he thinks they could work here.
Moser says if there's a concern about brick and mortar restaurants, Horry County can pass regulations to make sure that the food trucks don't directly compete.
"You kind of restrict them to make it safe, as well as provide competition but not to hurt the thing," he said.
At a recent Infrastructure and Regulation Committee meeting, County Councilman Gary Loftus expressed concern that Moser had no business plan or market research to show that his food truck would survive.
"I'd hate to go through all this and end up with two food trucks that are gone in six months when we've expended all this energy," Loftus said.
Moser responds that starting any business today is a gamble.
"I'm willing to take that chance, so I ask county council to give me that chance to do that."
There's a hearing scheduled for January 23 at the Government and Justice Center to gauge public opinion about food trucks.
You can also express your view in this online survey.