If I want to start a small business in my town and there is no other like it within a 50 mile radius, is there anyway I can prevent somebody from starting up the same business in my area?

Asked on February 26, 2013 under Business Law, Alabama


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no way whatsoever to stop someone else from staring a similar business in your area. Every person (and every corporation or LLC) has the right to start any legal business anywhere it wants. Starting first should give you a significant competitive advantage, however (e.g. the ability to develop a presence and customer base before anyone else does).

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