Thursday, April 26, 2012

Walmart Grocery opening half a mile away? Good, bad, or indifferent?

This Contra Costa Times article was the first time I have heard of a "Walmart Grocery" store.

A chain store wouldn't be my first choice for our neighborhood, but on the other hand it does seem to be a real grocery store... We need more information. At the Planning Commission meeting we can scrutinize the proposal, demand transparency, and speak out on the issues we care about.

Our attendance could really make a difference! The same story played out with a Walmart Grocery in Austin, Texas. As a result of citizen pressure, the over-large plan was modified, but not cancelled...

The Planning Commission will meet May 3, 6:30pm, in Richmond City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza. Cross streets are 25th and Barrett.

It is appropriate for both Richmond and El Cerrito residents to attend, since the property is on the border of El Cerrito Gateway Park and Baxter Creek.

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