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Decision Delayed on New Manchester Walmart Location

The Planning and Zoning Commission tabled Walmart's request to open a second location town Wednesday until its next meeting on Oct. 3.

The Planning and Zoning Commission tabled two applications from Walmart as part of its meeting Wednesday, one that sought approval for a new 158,430-foot supercenter at 205 Spencer St., the other to expand the current Buckland Hills Drive store. 

Both applications are now expected to appear on the agenda of the PZC's next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3. 

The first proposal would see Walmart construct a 158,430-foot supercenter at 205 Spencer St., the site of a former Kmart location that is in the process of being torn down. 

The second proposal seeks permission to expand the existing Walmart location in town, located at 420 Buckland Hills Dr. near the Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall, by an additional 439 square feet, and include a modification to the existing entrance and the elimination of the one-way requirement for the northern drive aisle entrance to the property. 

Stick with Patch for the latest on both these applications in the coming weeks. 

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James T. September 22, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Why not put the 2nd Walmart at the Parkade where they just tore everything out of?!
Brian Hurlburt September 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Manchester does not need another Walmart. As some have pointed out, what would happen to Shop Rite? How about Stop&Shop? What would the net effect be over the next five years? One commenter suggests we need the tax revenue, however we need sustainable able tax revenue, and adding another Walmart is clearly not the answer. More people won't suddenly appear to buy more stuff, that simply will not happen. So within a fully saturated retail landscape, what will the end result be? More blight. For every Job created by Walmart, 1.4 American jobs are lost.
Brian Hurlburt September 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
There are two questions being debated here. The first is: does Manchester need another Walmart? The next is: is Walmart and their practices good for the USA?
Brian Hurlburt September 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Alan, I am not sure why you would have an issue with people who build the products and infrastructure that you need everyday, to be allowed a livable income. Your thinking is what has gotten us to where we are with today's economy. We need to re-evaluate our thinking on what it means to buy local (USA, and best to buy Connecticut). We all complain about high taxes and the dropping value of our real estate, then we don't even support our own economy in a responsible manner. We need to stop making the need for a livable wage the scapegoat for our problems, and take ownership of the real issues.
Bob Hetzel September 23, 2012 at 08:07 PM
At the nexus of three limited access highways and the historic Hartford Road/Silver Lane, why would Walmart NOT want to build a superstore there? They apparently don't have the space at Buckland Hills, and don't need the traffic congestion there. That store will certainly close. However, as Nutmegger writes, many of the conveniences I suggest for commuters are just across the street - but they require a car to get there! There's not even a cross-walk. I envision the sort (and scale) of conveniences that are in many gas stations, for the express riders who will be picked up or will ride an intra-city bus home, as well as the park-and-riders. As an example, think of a highway rest stop. As for the present park-and-ride, it might simply be landscaped.

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