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LETTER: Walmart Brings Jobs, Convenience

Walmart's proposed move to the Bel Air area has become a hot button issue for the community.

A member of the Hunter's Run development in Bel Air says he supports Walmart's move because of the added convenience it will bring.

The Hunter's Run community is located a short distance from the proposed Walmart site along MD Route 924.

Dave Green submitted the following letter to the editor:

Dear Editor,

As a resident of the Hunter’s Run community in Bel Air, I support the construction of the new Walmart store. I believe it will be convenient for the whole community; it will create more local jobs. It will actually simplify entering and exiting the Bright Oaks and Hunter’s Run communities with a proposed new traffic signal at Bright Oaks Drive and Route 924.

The area is appropriately zoned for a store of this type. If the county did not want a large retail store in this area, they should have considered that issue years ago when the zoning for this property was changed. Where was the opposition to the zoning changes then? Walmart is meeting all the requirements for developing their store on this property and I believe they must pay for the traffic control improvements associated with the development of this property.

I see the overall impact of this new Walmart store as very positive and I support it.

Sincerely,

Dave Green

Bel Air, MD 21015

Karl Schuub January 02, 2013 at 08:47 PM
This is very typical of the Walmart way in terms of breaking down community resistance. They realize as anyone with marketing skills you don't want to come in as the enemy so you need to convert and wear down the opposition - they usually assign a team to do saturation PR. One of the best ways to get to people is the "your neighbor wants it" approach. It's to paint the idea that opposition is unreasonable and not seeing all the wonderful things Walmart does. Of course we all love convenience; who doesn't? Gosh if you don't like convenience you must not understand the suffering of your neighbors who need the prices and convenience - big meany!! Relax, let it happen - it's futile to resist and the pain only lasts a moment. Don't turn your back for an instance these people will wear you down and time is on their side. One day we'll all wake up and everything will be the same no matter if you live in Seattle, Salisbury or South Beach. There will be nothing but Walmart - all things will come from Walmart; your clothes, shoes, food, even banking. It's the Walmart way...
John January 03, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Dave Green from Bel Air - another person paid by Walmart to voice their approval of this plan. Putting a Walmart in a residential neighborhood is a ridiculous idea. The traffic is bad enough on Rt 924 on a good day, imagine what it will be like around the holidays? Every Walmart I've seen throughout the country is located on some type of major 4 lane divided road. The idea to put it in this location defies logic. Wait until the school buses don't get the kids home from school until 7pm and the fire department can't get to your house when Rt 924 is gridlocked by all of the bargain shoppers.
Chris DeChirs January 03, 2013 at 02:12 PM
So you are implying that Dave Green, the author of the letter, is in cahoots with Walmart or even a Walmart PR employee? Hmmmm, couldn't the same be said about you? Maybe you are in cahoots or an employee of Target or Sears or any other competitor of Walmart...just crank out the negative PR about Walmart and get all the residence in an uproar. Hope you got a nice big Christmas bonus for your efforts.
j johnson (formerly jj) January 03, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I wonder how much was Mr. Green paid to make this form letter style "letter to the editor"? Can it be verified that he even exists and is a property owner in Hunter's Run? A search of Land Records does not show a "David Green" listed in Hunter's Run.
Deborah Cornett January 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
People this is so easy and stupid...let Walmart build the nice big new building...if you don't like it don't shop there...bottom line is as long as enough people are shopping there Walmart is making money...you can hate it all you want to but if your the one spending the money there you have no one to blame but yourself...if Walmart isn't making the money they will close the doors like they have in other communities. My questions I know the area well...I have been in town since before the area was developed...when the economy eventually improves how loyal will that area be to Walmart...we all know the only reason we support Walmart right now is because they have cheap stuff...what would happen if the economy were to improve...hopefully that nice big new building they build will become a teen center and actually something will get done for the better of our community
chris cottoerflod January 03, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I think that waste transfer station should be there instead, fill those nimby's air with the sweet smell of garbage.
G D January 07, 2013 at 11:29 AM
How is sitting in traffic convenient? Please do not insult everyone's intelligence by trying to justify overdevelpoment......sheeple mentality.
HB January 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Oh yes, convenience. It's so hard to drive five miles in either direction to get to Walmart.
Helen January 16, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Please Walmart, hurry up and build the store. There are many many Bel Air residents that want the store. Employee our teenagers. Employee our Veterans..............Yes Yes Yes to the new Walmart
JDev May 11, 2013 at 07:53 PM
There is no one by this name in the Hunters Run development.

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