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Roadside Rally Against Walmart Planned Saturday

The rally is designed to express opposition to Walmart's plan to build a Supercenter in Bel Air and close the existing Abingdon location.

A roadside rally against the proposed Bel Air Walmart is planned Saturday outside the existing Abingdon location.

Walmart's proposal to build a new supercenter in the area of MD Route 924 and Plumtree Road in Bel Air has been a contentious issue from the start, with some members of the community voicing staunch opposition and others welcoming the convenience.

The Bel Air South Community Foundation has served to organize the opposition by planning a series of rallies, providing signs and circulating petitions.

The community organization will continue its efforts this weekend by "taking our rally to Wal-Mart's doorstep," an email from the organization states.

The rally is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, outside the Abingdon Walmart, 401 Constant Friendship Boulevard.

The group will be distributing signs reading "Expand Constant Friendship Walmart" and "No Bel Air Walmart," event organizers say.

You Tell Us: Will you attend the rally? Where do you stand on the Walmart issue? Leave a comment.

henry12 January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Plenty of minimum wage mom and pop, brick and mortar, privately owned and big corporate businesses in Harford county. You anti people come up with the moat irrational and emotional arguments, and that is why you are your own worst enemy. National tire and battery is not going out of business because wal mart sells tires and batteries closer than what it is now. Are you voluntarily naive or do you just play one on the internet?
BAY January 31, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Walmart can do all those nice things at the expanded Abingdon location. By expanding at Abingdon, they will also show the community that Walmart listens to and respects the community they serve.
Dale Thomas January 31, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Walmart is a legal business. Its their property.Go lease the property yourself otherwise keep in mind it doesn't belong to the collective so none of your affair what they do. It used to be known as property rights in America it was one of those things we were guaranteed constitutionally. But then that was then this Amerika.
Dale Thomas January 31, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Oops! this is Amerika
henry12 January 31, 2013 at 02:25 PM
You people are so dense. It was already explained wal mart cannot expand due to the contract at the current Abingdon location. Do you UNDERSTAND?
G D January 31, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Yes, and lets not forget how many chinese they employ at the peril of american manufacturing.
G D January 31, 2013 at 02:51 PM
A little too much coffee this A.M.?
franking January 31, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Wal-Mart doesn't manufacture the goods they sell. Our factories have moved to China because our government and our labor unions have made it too expensive to produce goods here.
Nick January 31, 2013 at 03:34 PM
This is hilarious. These people have way too much time on their hands. If you want to protest something go protest the zoning board. The property is zoned for what they want to do with it. Period. Don't be upset because you bought property close to a commercially zoned lot and are now upset because you don't like what is being built there.
Minuteman January 31, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Wal-Mart offers many benefits but in this case the majority believe that the disadvantages that a Bel Air Walmart would bring out weigh the advantages.
Vincent Pietrogiacomo January 31, 2013 at 05:03 PM
What I really don't like is 924 is already a mess at rush hour. I know they are reviewing traffic conditions now. The alternative would be to just use 24 instead. From what I understand there is an option to expand 24 again. It would benifit 924 traffic if there was no access from 924. I'm sure Walmart would not be in favor of that. Either way we will all survive. It would be nice to have this much attention to doing something about our goverment situation....On a lighter note...GO RAVENS
Minuteman January 31, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Five things One - Eleanor, Expanding the existing store will create more jobs so a new store offers little advantage. Nicely put Bay. Two - Walmart acknowledged back in July that the selling of groceries at Constant Friendship is not an issue. That was to protect the Constant Friendship Weis which is long gone. Henry 12 and SickofWalmartIssue, Do you understand? Get with the times. Three - To build a Bel Air Walmart in close proximity to two schools, a fire house and residential areas where thousands of people already have difficulty pulling out of their neighborhoods is a traffic congestion and safety issue. Henry12, what part of that is Irrational? Four - How does a returning veteran support a family on Wal-Mart wages and most likely part time work with no benefits. Great way to show your support Wal-Mart. And what does Wal-Mart get in return? A young man who knows how to take orders and has a work ethic that is second to none. Wal-Mart wins. It is a public relations tactic Eleanor. Look good but give up nothing. Five - Most anything that could go on that property will not bring in 10,000 cars a day and operate 24/7. A Flying J truck stop that is 3 miles of traffic off the interstate. Henry Fortuck, Really?
Minuteman January 31, 2013 at 05:20 PM
A few more. Six - Most of us shop at Wal-Mart now, Take Responsibility. The issue is the location. Moron. Seven - Go to planning and zoning and pull the site map. It shows Wal-Mart had plans for a future expansion to the rear of the store. SickofWalmartIssue, Check your facts straight my dumb friend. Seven - "Voluntarily naive or just playing one on the internet?" Henry 12, Doesn't voluntarily and playing one mean the same thing. Are you voluntarily or just playing ignorant? Eight - You got to stand up for something. Your community is a good place to start, SickofWalmartissue and Take Responsibility. If you don't have the fortitude to stand up for what you believe, move to WV and bend over. Wal-Mart has something for you.
john melrtop January 31, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Any idiot can sense the humor in the truck stop comment. How funny and poetic irony it would be to have 18 wheelers in and out of that area, all day, everyday. The irrationality comes from the arguments that make no sense. These people put on a show acting like no big box store has ever built near a busy community. Everyone wants to blame something else, safety issue? Give me a break. Self righteous logic. I'm more in danger because I live here and you live there.
Jeff January 31, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I am amazed @ the name calling. Walmart tries to do something positive, I don't see any other company doing it, by offering jobs to veterans & they get bashed about low paying jobs. It's called RETAIL, this industry is not a high paying industry, but at least they're trying to do something. The fact is the potential property site is zoned for Walmart wants to put there. Try to change the zoning or force them to not build there & they can sue. Can those not in the No Walmart be exempt from the costs or will we have to help pay for the mess the anti Walmarters created? I guarentee these NIMBY's wouldn't be up in arms if it was another community facing the same thing. The easy thing to do on here is call people names, bash Walmart & throw a temper tandrum like a toddler. If these anti Walmarters hadn't been asleep @ the wheel when the zoning was changed, maybe this wouldn't be going on now! If you want to stand up for something, such as your community, then you should be involved all the time, just not AFTER decisions are made. Why aren't they protesting outside David Craig's & County Council Members homes, since they approved the change?
Susan January 31, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I know I'm not on the "popular" side of this issue but I think the Bel Air location is a better one. Getting in and out of the one in Abingdon is a not pleasant. Also, for those that are voting for it to stay in Abingdon, think about all the traffic that passes thru the Constant Friendship development that is strictly Walmart traffic. Why should those residents suffer so you can shop at the Abingdon Walmart? If you don't like traffic, you really need to live on a farm or in a rural area, not suburbia.
Paul Potts January 31, 2013 at 09:03 PM
How anyone with any sense of spatial awareness thinks Wal Mart can add another 60,000 square feet on to their existing Abingdon store needs to be shown where the optical department in inside the store.
lucky January 31, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Walmart doesn't do anything do anything for the sake of anyone. They do it for the almighty dollar. They do things to make themselves look good in the eye of the public but make no mistake,every move they make is carefully calculated. If you buy into this you are nieve. I realize that they can legally build the store if they want to. That doesn't mean I have to like it. I believe it will negativally affect the area in many ways. Therefore I am against it. The issue of jobs is silly. They are closing one store and opening another, maybe a few more minimum wage jobs at best.
Grace January 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I am not exactly for the idea of Walmart building at the Plumtree/924 site. I agree that traffic is already a huge issue there. However, expanding the Abingdon location (barring any issues) makes almost as little sense to me if they don't make another entrance/exit on Constant Friendship Blvd. If Walmart is stopped from moving to Belair, then any expansion at the Abingdon location should include road improvements at their expense.
G D February 01, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Here's the thing,unfortunately Walmart is going to put up stakes wherever and whenever they wish. Remember the whole purpose for this is so they can provide a grocery venue, aren't there enough grocery stores within the area? do we really need another place to shop for food? Really? Geeez!
Gabriel Anthony February 02, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Walmart should stay where they are and when its time to renew there lease, then they should ask to expand. Moving a few miles down the road will cause a big traffic problem. Perhaps we have to wait for a school bus to flip to say i told you so. There is nothing wrong with shopping at walmart but i myslef don't shop there due to there slow service and non helpful employees. You get what you hire is all i say. Anyway good luck with your protest and if the county cannot protect your kids from the traffic then perhaps its time to change the leadership out there.
Take Responsibility! February 03, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Best post of the thread, I laughed.
Take Responsibility! February 03, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Oh my gosh, some people actually say that Walmart is in business to make money, to get the almighty dollar. Um, hello, isn't that what a business is supposed to do? I remember when my parents built our house in 1973 in Bright Oaks on Gannet ct. When I was 8 or 10, and would ride my Schwinn up to 24(today known as 924) and down to Wheel road. A kid couldn't do that today, because the majority of you bitching are probably invaders, like we were. WE all brought this on ourselves. Go move to Island Falls Maine if you don't want traffic. Much bitching will be done online here, and other places. Then the new Walmart will get built, and you all will shop there. p.s. I used to fish in ponds that were located right where Festival's parking is today. You all screwed that up for me too, thanks. I had to move to Jarrettsville to get away from people like you! :P Much love.
Jbrightwell February 21, 2013 at 01:51 AM
The level of ignorance in this thread is unparalleled! What Vet wants to work at Walmart when they return home and make minimum wage, limited hours and no benefits? There are many businesses that hirer mentally challenged individuals, have you heard of the ARC OR Melwood? Those to organizations do more for the mentally challenged than all of the Walmarts will and at better wages. The jobs Walmart will bring are low wage and low skilled jobs that will provide very little tax revenue so that is really not a benefi. They actually cause a drain on the system because their benefits are so poor their employees would be better off on public assistance. Walmart may not manufacture but their business practices force jobs out of the U.S. Try reading some articles or viewing a few documentaries before making naive comments, I have provided a good article for you (http://www.fastcompany.com/47593/wal-mart-you-dont-know). The comments in this thread are from people who do not live in the area or travel 924, thus they really do not have a vested interest.
Jbrightwell February 21, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Yes they can numb nuts they just refuse to. David Craig has already offered to work on this for them. Read some more before you make an uninformed comment.
Jbrightwell February 21, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Obviously you do not live in the area based on your poorly written comment. It may be property zoned for business but down the road as traffic gets worse due to the Walmart, it will be Taxpayer dollars that will fix the problem. Think long term not short term.
Jbrightwell February 21, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Didn't update 24 around Constant Friendship to deal with the business traffic?! Are you willing to throw away the taxpayer dollars already spent on improvements? Go down Singer road if the Business congestion is too much. The Bel Air location is land locked and required to use a 2 lane road because the state will not allow them to use 24. The store is already there and the expansion will have little impact on that area.
Jbrightwell February 21, 2013 at 02:17 AM
And what was the point to this post aside from you complaining about growth in Harford county? Based on your comments your parents screwed up for not fighting Festival development. Maybe they should put the store in Jarretsville so you could run again instead of fighting.
Take Responsibility! February 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM
The point is sharper than your head. My parents didn't whine and complain when the mass invasion started. Your parents screwed up by not using birth control...
Deni February 23, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Let's get some facts straight so the anti Wal Mart crew stops spending money on useless signs that are not allowed along 24 according to law. First, Wal Mart does not own the property on Constant Friendship BLVD. Therefore, they can NOT expand the building. Second, the last time the Wal Mart protesters picketed outside by the end of the Wal Mart parking lot they put their signs away and shopped at Wal Mart. LOL It sounds to me that they are talking out both sides of their mouths. The one lady said I don't dislike Wal Mart. I just don't want it near my house. How sad! The store is expanding because the people up the street need a place to shop as long as it is not in their community. I bet once it comes to your neighborhood you will shop there. Wal Mart Shopper

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