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LETTER: Bel Air Woman Supports Walmart Move

Walmart is a contentious issue in Bel Air.

Controversy surrounding a proposed Bel Air Walmart began in 2011 when potential plans for a Route 924 and Plumtree Road location first came to the public's attention.

Some members of the community have voiced their disapproval of Walmart's proposed move from Abingdon to the Bel Air location both verbally and in writing. There are also some who are pleased about the change.

Elizabeth Cox, who lives in the Bright Oaks neighborhood not far from the proposed Walmart site, submitted a letter to the editor outlining her support of the new Walmart.

"I am a single mother, who cannot afford shopping in the higher-end stores. I work very long hours and will greatly benefit by having a Super Center that not only offers me everything I could need at much more affordable prices, but it will be so close to home that I will greatly appreciate the convenience when I’m coming home late at night and still need to ‘stop at the store,'" Cox wrote.

See the full copy of Cox's letter attached to this post

Joy Anderson December 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Lucky 4 me my youngest child finishes HS in another year. I can then down size; rent and or sell my home. Im sorry for those who dont have that choice. Those that assume that we have only lived here a short time should not assume. This is my 3rd home in HA CO. U R right in saying that we have no say in the matter in reference to anything these days. Just look at ur next paycheck those who make $100, 000 a year will be missing $200 more a month. Democracy? Happy holidays. Peace, love and good health to everyone in the new year
Doh December 25, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Really??? You lived here when there was only 924 and no 24?? Pretty ironic since what is now 924 (Emmorton Rd.) WAS 24 until the current 24 (Emmorton Bypass) was opened. I'm sure you are one of the transplants that has contributed to this problem of population flooding an infrastructure that can't handle what is here, let alone anything more.
Doh December 25, 2012 at 04:33 AM
So we need a new Walmart because the one two miles away is too dirty? Don't expect a new store to be any better once people start shopping there. Look at the Fallston store. Hardly a well kept store. It'll look just like the Abingdon store soon. Look at any Walmart, there's nothing impressive about how their stores are kept (pretty pathetic actually).
Joe January 03, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Where was all this opposition of the Abingdon Wal Mart or even the ongoing over development of the county? This is not about traffic or safety it's about Wal Mart. It's about who not what.
SH January 16, 2013 at 08:32 PM
My opposition is due to 1 item that I would think anyone or all in the area in the area would br affected by and that is the traffic. Living in Bright Oaks, Bel Air or commuting thru the area I doubt any of us are pleased with the experience of driving Rte 924 between 3 and 6:30 PM. I experience a 15 + minute ride from Box Hill area to Patterson Mill to pick up a child at those times.

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