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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

Paul Potts December 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM
As far as Harford county areas go Bright oaks is lower end. Somehow this must be a well kept secret to the people that live in that area.
John December 21, 2012 at 12:02 AM
How much money do you think Walmart paid her? She's obvisoulsy too lazy to drive the 2 miles to the Fallston Walmart...
Paul Potts December 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
2 miles from bright oaks to fallston.... Seriously?
Cornelius December 21, 2012 at 03:19 AM
That parcel Wal Mart wants to start building on looks perfect for that Waste Transfer Station that's looking for a permanent home.
Cornelius December 21, 2012 at 03:27 AM
It's because Wal Mart can, and they will. That property has been zoned for that whether you like it or not. I may or may not agree with having all that extra traffic, congestion, and people but it's their right to be there if they put out the funds. Who are you to decide how many Wal-Marts we need? If someone recently moved in that area within the past 10 years, you should have thoroughly investigated the surroundings of your area. It's not very hard to do, and it's only yourself you have to blame in the end. There's a forest beyond those tree's, isn't there? People don't want something, so they want the "Government" to stop it, but when they refuse, people get angry? What do you want to live in? A Communist State?
Cornelius December 21, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I laugh at these "me first" generation of busy bodies that have a problem with 1 large department store. Come talk to the residents who saw that entire corridor of "924".. well actually, it was 24 back then, change from a rural road to the busy nonsense it is today. It seems a lot of "new residents" moved here, and expected everything to be the same as the day they settled on their new homes. This is a rapidly growing suburb thanks to a lot of good and bad change that has happened in the county. Don't like my comment? Pack your shit up and move to West Virginia if you want to look at an abundance of trees out of your window until you retire. It's not going to happen in Harford County, so expect the area you live in to resemble York road in Baltimore County.
Dadof2 December 21, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. In fact, I am in favor of it as well, and kudos to the woman for sharing her opinion as well. Welcome, Wal-Mart!
Hazzard Native December 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM
How many of you anti box store curmudgeons actually lived in this county when there was not one single store between Wheel Rd and Plumtree Rd to the West of what is now MD 924? How many of you NIMBY's moved into homes on soil that used to grow the produce and dairy that my family consumed while your family was still in Baltimore City or County, New Jersey, New York, Western PA, etc? We didn't raise holy hell when you came in and filled up our classrooms beyond capacity, clogged our roads, caused us to pay higher taxes for more emergency services, etc. We welcomed you for the most part, we had growing pains that we adapted to and learned to accept. The development envelope was put in place so that these kinds of businesses could exist in the NEW POPULATION CENTER that most of YOU NIMBYs created when you moved here from elsewhere. Suck it up like the rest of us did when you moved here. This county's population has more than doubled in 40 years. I got over the fact that we weren't rural anymore about 20 years ago, probably around the time most of your ticky-tacky little homes were just starting to pop up all along the farmland and woodland that used to dominate the area between I-95 and US 1. I can't wait for the ribbon cutting ceremony, just knowing that it will irk a bunch a people that couldn't point to Harford County on a map 20 some years ago.
margie December 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Our small businesses are having a hard enough time staying afloat without another giant minimum wage store moving in. For every new job , 2 jobs will be lost. Traffic is horrible now, can't imagine the mess we will have if walmart moves in.
Take Responsibility! December 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I never knew that Bright Oaks was the projects now, wow. My parents built a rancher there in 1972. As a kid, I rode my bike down 24(924 now) with no fear of traffic(there wasn't much) or some creep stealing me. I used to fish in all the ponds that are now under Festival. The 7-11 was the only store right nearby. Guess what whiners, the Walmarts are here because of YOU. Massive population increase and building/ If people didn't shop there, they wouldn't build new stores. I bet most bitching here will shop there.
Mary Pierzchalski December 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I lived in Harford County when there was only 924 & no 24 and I still don't think we need a Walmart in that location. It takes me longer to get from Glenwood Rd to Bel Air South Parkway than it takes me to get to the other side of the Town of Bel Air. The traffic is horrendous already & the last thing that we need is the amount of traffic that is generated by a store the size of WalMart. I could care less if it's Walmart or Saks 5th Avenue, if it has the potential to severly impact the traffice, which this does, then it needs to be in another location. There is already a Middle/High School, a new fire station, a nursing/assisted care facility and numerous other small businesses & too many traffic lights already & that is just in a 1 mile stretch! I could care less about Glen Angus vs Bright Oaks, NIBY or anything else trivial. I am concerned about the potential for an onslaught of traffic in an area that is already entirely too congested.
CB9678 December 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I find it interesting that people so oppose Wal-Mart but not the Med Star facility across the street.......Same issues but no one seems concerned with stopping that. Why?
SHABS December 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I think people can express their ideas and feelings here until blue in the face but they'll be no impact as the decision to put Walmart there has most likely already been made by the powers that be....suck it up and shop there... Abington Walmart is old dirty and lacking and fallston is not an everyday drive
SHABS December 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Probably bc average joe doesn't know about MedStar facility yet ....
Proud to be liberal December 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It is so very rare that anyone would want this mega store, nightmare traffic monster here that the Patch has to put the letter on its front page because it is real news. That says a lot about how wanted it would be.
Ashley December 21, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Med Star won't create the same amount of traffic as a Walmart and the people employed there won't be paid poverty wages.
Wayne Earl Jones December 21, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Nothing more American than Walmart, Chevrolet and Busch Beer. I'm surely not opposed to the All American Mart moving into Bel Air selling guns, ammo and Ole Roy for my dogs. Everybody here is too damn good for the All American Mart. Stuff ass citizens of Bel Air, get over yourselves. I've had enough!
Susan December 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I am not going to reveal whether I am for or against this Walmart, but must say I am amazed and ashamed at the number of people who personally attacked the original poster with degrading comments about both her neighborhood and her person.
Hazzard Native December 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
It is not rare, the NIMBYs like yourself have been the loudest thus far. C'mon in Wally World, you are welcomed by the silent majority. Hypocrites galore on here - how many of you shop at Target, Home Depot, etc? How many of you drive Japanese and Korean cars? How many of you have shopped at Harford Mall, Tollgate Town Center, Festival at Bel Air? Those are all shopping areas surrounded by communities that you could care less about when you need to get your sweat shop produced athletic shoes that you wear not only at the gym, but while you drive through someone else's neighborhood to get there. Hypocrites!
Hazzard Native December 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Is this what you all are really afraid of? - http://youtu.be/WF0tkdhtIDA
CB9678 December 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Really? You ever been to a facility similar to what they propose??????It is far busier than a walmart! Incidently buisness practices are not a legitimate reason for stopping development!
CB9678 December 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
In the Aegis and Dagger. Been on Dagger for three days and average joe had plenty to say their about Wal-Mart!!!!! I suspect it is the clientel?
lucky December 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Walmart is a cancer. They will not be happy until there is one on every corner and you have no choice but to shop there. Are their prices low? Yes, because they don't pay fair wages or give their employees any benifits. Could you live on Wal Mart wages? Any jobs they bring will be low minimum wage jobs and will be off set by the closing of the other Wal Mart and the businesses that will close due to Wal Mart putting them out of bussiness. Wait until you see how many stores will be empty due to Wal Mart. People will lose good jobs and be forced to work for minimum wage and go on foodstamps and welfare which we the tax payers will pay for. There are enough options in the area and this store is not needed. It takes me 20 minutes to go three miles to Bel Air. I cant imagine what it will be like after this store is built. I do not shop at Wal Mart and never will. They will ruin the area.
Paul Potts December 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
While that all sounds so dramatic there is not one legal reason you mentioned that will stop walmart from building. We are a country of laws, if we don't like them we must change them but we can not ever take actions to restrict others outside the law because of our emotions..... Never
Cornelius December 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Which businesses will close due to that Wal-Mart being built there? McDonalds across the street because you know I'm looking forward to a Wal-Mart Subway.
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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