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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.

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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