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Walmart Rally Message: Keep Abingdon Location

Members of the community turned out Tuesday to show opposition to the proposed Bel Air Walmart location.

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.

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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.

See more:

  • LETTER: Walmart Relocation 'Ill-Conceived'
  • Protest Against Bel Air Walmart Planned Tuesday
  • 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
HarfordLassie October 04, 2012 at 08:57 PM
There is a convenant on the property about no grocery store but Walmart has already conceded that can easily be bought out. They claim the property is not big enough, but it would handle a supercenter the size of Fallston easily.
HarfordLassie October 04, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Look at the County Council meeting video from Tuesday on the Harford Co website to see what "normal" traffic is like and then envision 50% more traffic.
HarfordLassie October 04, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Walmart- Resolution Approved by County Council to deny access to/from 924 http://belair.patch.com/blog_posts/walmart-resolution-approved-by-county-council-to-deny-access-tofrom-924
Steven Tobia October 08, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Regarding the Oct 2 rally at the Constant Friendship, an uncropted picture of the above shows 110 protesters in the picture holding 70 NO WALMART signs. The picture the Aegis printed shows 72 protesters in the process of forming for a picture with only four signs visible. Why would that be?
Ahmad0001 December 18, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Keep all the clutter in one place. http://www.onlinedatastoragesite.com/softwares/safeguard-my-kid-online-choosing-parental-manage-software.html

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