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Protest Against Bel Air Walmart Planned Tuesday

A rally is scheduled to take place at the Abingdon Walmart location Oct. 2.

The proposed move of the Abingdon Walmart to Bel Air has been met with strong community opposition, and tonight members of the community plan to take a visible stand.

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A rally in protest of the proposed Bel Air Walmart is planned to take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (today) in the Abingdon Walmart parking lot, according to a story on ExploreHarford.com.

From there, protesters are expected to attend the Harford County Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers, located at 212 South Bond Street in Bel Air, the story states.

At least 800 people attended a July public input meeting on the proposed move, many of those people carrying signs that read "No 924 Walmart".

At that meeting, Steve Tobia of Overview Manor said he questioned his neighbors and, “85 percent of those people said not only no, but hell no,” to a Walmart at the intersection of Plumtree and Route 924.

His sentiments have been echoed by Patch bloggers, commenters and at least one online petition with 400 signatures.

Where do you stand on the issue? Will you attend the rally? Leave a comment.

See also:

  • Harford County Council To Discuss Zoning
  • BLOG: We Don't Want to Lose Our Walmart!
  • BLOG: WalMart's Dirty Shady Scare Tactics
  • Harford County Executive opposed Walmart Move
  • LETTER: Walmart Ignored Public Opposition
  • BLOG: Too Late to Stop Bel Air WalMart?
  • Public Weighs In On Bel Air Walmart
  • Community Meeting on Walmart Tonight
  • Proposed Bel Air Walmart Site Plan Released
  • Walmart Advertises Community Meeting on Move to Bel Air
  • Walmart Move to Bel Air Has Not Progressed
  • Walmart Manager: Abingdon Store Could Move Next Year
  • No More Smoking at Libraries; Why Could Abingdon Walmart Be Moved?
  • Citizens Speak Out Against Walmart to County Council
Mike McKibben October 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Wal-Mart is not welcomed or needed in a primarily residential community. The current Abingdon location is in an appropriate commercial business location and has recently been upgraded to handle the traffic with the recent 95/24 interchange construction. If Wal-Mart relocates to Plumbtree and 924 we will no longer shop at Wal-Mart and strongly encourage others to do the same. This location and community is not equipped to handle the traffic and the increased congestion will be deterimental. By building a store here will demonstrate Wal-Mart has absolutely no concern or interest in the impact it has on local communities or the quality of life of its residents. Mike McKibben, Bel Air, MD Wal-Mart should renovate its current location in Abingdon which will allow it to accomplish the same objectives ---- more jobs, tax revenue, family savings, and green initiatives --- without relocating and unnecessarily disrupting and destroying another entire community. Sincerely, Mike McKibben

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