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Planning and Zoning Commission to Decide Fate of New Walmart Location Wednesday

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room, 494 Main St.

Manchester could find out Wednesday whether or not it will be getting a second Walmart location, as the big box retailers proposal to open a second super center in town appears on the agenda of Wednesday's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. 

The proposal would see Walmart construct a 158,430-foot supercenter at 205 Spencer St. 

The existing Walmart in town, located at 420 Buckland Hills Dr. near the Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall, also has a proposal on the agenda to expand by an additional 439 square feet. 

The PZA's full agenda is attached to this article as a PDF. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room at 494 Main St. 

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Manchester Review Blog, Host: Jack Peak September 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I say go for it. This would offer an alternative shopping opportunity to going to the mall and a provide a nice option for the folks on the west side of town. The property has been vacant for some time. A Walmart located here could prevent the area from becoming another dark side shopping plaza.
Nutmegger September 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM
This is such a terrible idea. The traffic at peak MCC class times along Hillstown and onto Spencer is a nightmare as it is. In fact, the DOT has already had to do several studies there to figure out ways to alleviate it all, and they have no answers yet. The addition of a Wal-Mart supercenter will just make it worse. P&Z really needs to consider that entire immediate area and not just the one blighted plaza. There's a much bigger picture with much bigger issues to think about. Bringing in a store would be great. Bringing in a Wal-Mart supercenter in particular is not great. I don't think we need to jump on this offer when it's not the right one. Also, let's be real: This isn't going to be a "second" Wal-Mart in town. They're going to close the Buckland location as soon as this one is running well. That's what Wal-Mart always does. It's their business model. So it's going to leave another huge vacancy up at Buckland. Again, another factor to consider. Is public comment allowed for this? Or how can we send our thoughts in advance for consideration? Is there any feel for how this vote is going to go?
David Moran (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Nutmegger, yes there is public comments allowed during the meeting on the application.
tina bourke September 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Nutmegger, I'm not sure if you read David's entire article above? There is also another and separate request for Walmart at Buckland for additional square footage according to the artical. Looks like that one isn't going to close in the event a new one opens, but instead trying to expand? Just noticed when I read the posts is all....
Rich September 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I say NO WAY!! There is already one WM in town and that's one too many for me. Typical WM fashion is running mom & pop stores out of business and also the increased traffic along Silver Lane/Spencer St. with the college and the events at Renchler Field, having some WM supercenter is going to ruin that entire area! I just went into that plaza last weekend for the first time since the KMart building was leveled and I have to say, it looks better as is. I mean, clean up and plant things where that store was and maybe spruce up some of the remaining plaza fronts and it'd look just fine as it is. Leave it!
Greg September 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I say tear down the toms river toll plaza on the GSP and build it right there ! :)
Nutmegger September 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I did indeed! And if you've been reading up on Wal-Mart's corporate strategies for the past few decades, you know that's exactly what they do in these situations. Don't read into that expansion at all. It is absolutely in no way an indicator that they're going to stay in that location long.
Nutmegger September 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Speaking of ruining that entire area, they just tore down the barn on the corner of Hillstown and Spencer and have all of that farmland up for sale for commercial use. It's really disgusting to think that all the strip malls and pharmacies the P&Z have vomited all over town will now be encroaching on South Manchester, the last relatively quiet spot in town.
Rebecca Smith September 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Greg: GSP as in Garden State Parkway???
Ricman October 02, 2012 at 08:14 PM
This has been designated retail zoning for decades. No changes needed. Even if the other Walmart closed wouldn't you rather have the new one here instead of South Windsor or somewhere else? The traffic situation has more to do with the bad idea of having moved the MCC entrance to Hillstown instead of Bidwell where it belonged.

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