At least 75 people joined the Bel Air South Foundation on the parking lot of the Abingdon Walmart in protest of the store's proposed move.
Walmart has plans to open a new superstore in the area of Route 924 and Plumtree Road in Bel Air. If that store opens, the Abingdon store will close, Walmart representatives told Patch.
Deborah Hall has lived behind the Bright Oaks community near the new store's proposed site for more than a decade, and she is concerned about the traffic Walmart is expected to bring to the area should it move.
She said depending on the time of day, it can take up to a 10 minute wait to make a right hand turn, let alone a left, out of her neighborhood. The Walmart traffic would increase her wait time and could pose a threat to children walking to and from several nearby schools.
"It's much too close to the schools," Hall said.
She said she and many others like her are not against a Walmart in general, but do not want the store at the proposed location in the Bel Air area.
"It's just the wrong location," Hall said.
For more of what Hall and event organizers had to say, see the video attached to this post.
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