The proposal would mandate future stores be 1500-feet apart from each other and only within commercial districts. Pawn King owner, Phillip Worthey, says locals rely on his business.
"Decatur is primarily a blue-collar town. You've got your factory workers, construction workers; people who just need a few bucks in between paychecks."
Critics argue the payday loan system is a slippery slope. Jerry Pelz of the Northwest Community Fund calls it "predatory lending" which hurts people in the community more than it helps.
The idea received a thumbs up from the city's planning commission Thursday. It now heads to the full City Council for a vote.