Mesquite considers limiting new convenience stores to prevent crime

The Mesquite city council could soon hold a public hearing on a plan to limit new convenience stores. It’s an effort to curb crime.

Mesquite police said crime specifically at 24-hour convenience stores has increased in 2019 compared to 2018. The businesses are a frequent target for robberies.

The plan would halt applications for new convenience stores but not remove any existing stores.

If the council decides to move forward, a public hearing will be held on Jan. 28.