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UPDATED: ShopRite Challenges Spencer Street Walmart Location

The local supermarket has filed an appeal against the decision to approve a Walmart supercenter on Spencer Street.

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ShopRite has filed an appeal against the town's Planning and Zoning Commission and Walmart seeking to block the construction of a new 158,420-square foot Walmart supercenter, which would be directly across the street from its business. 

The PZC approved a special exemption on Jan. 7, 2013 to allow the development at 205 Spencer St., which would be built on a now vacant lot that was formerly occupied by a KMart. 

But ShopRite, located almost directly across the street from the proposed new Walmart at 214 Spencer St., has filed an appeal with the Hartford Superior Court seeking to overturn the PZC's commission. The appeal, dated Jan. 24, 2013, was filed on behalf of Waverly Markets, LLC., the local ShopRite's parent company, and prepared by Marjorie Shansky, a New Haven-based attorney. 

"The plaintiff/appellant…is aggrieved by the decision of the PZC and by approval of the applications because it is the long-term owner of an establishment operating at 214 Spencer St., the driveway and parking lot for which are within one hundred feet of the land involved in the commission's decision, the subject property, being located immediately across the street," the appeal states. "…The commission's vote to approve the application and the resulting congestion, inadequate queuing space, and safety issues will impair access to plaintiff's driveway and directly affect traffic operations for its customers." 

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The appeal has specified a return date of March 12, 2013 for the town and Walmart to respond. 

Bill Wertz, Walmart's divisional director of Public Affairs & Government Relations, sent Patch the following statement Wednesay afternoon: 

"This action has nothing to do with providing the community with more affordable grocery options and everything to do with a competitor's desire to preserve market share. We are eager to move forward and serve our customers in Connecticut."

Christina A. February 08, 2013 at 04:16 PM
what about ocean state? I'm surprised they didn't file an appeal, b/c they actually sell similar items...
Brian Hurlburt February 10, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Wal-Mart is comprised of the few over educated and privileged. Wal-Mart is the reason why so many of their customers must us welfare cards. Cheaper and quicker is not sustainable, and as a result, our economy is its current state. The privileged few, such as Wa-Mart, are deciding that more cheap products are good for their revenue stream, and their customers are buying it. More than likely without the knowledge that for every two jobs created by Wal-Mart, three are lost. We haven't even touched on the blight that will be created with this new Wal-Mart, and the fact that years from now, Manchester will be buying up more blighted property. So much for long term vision and planning.
James Bond February 10, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Watch the video,"Is Wal-Mart good for Our Country?" Very well done.Make your own judgements from there.
James Bond February 10, 2013 at 03:58 PM
To those who have posted about the poor service from Shop Right,I agree,but it doesn't end there.Many places have poor service.It seems to be a sign of the times.Don't except it, call a manager and demand that you be treated correctly.Many of the employees who work for these places were never taught or trained how to act towards a customer.They were never raised with the lessons of treating people with respect,thus they act the way they do.Most of what they've learned comes from the T.V. and they program to the lowest standards of our society.
Ricman March 08, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Where do you shop? What other department stores are left around here? Target? Oh yeah, they came in AFTER Walmart. I guess we could wait for another department store to come around but I am not aware of any. Bradlees, Caldor, Ames, all ran themselves into the ground. There is a need to for this type of store and right now, Walmart is the only game in town.

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