No Walmart Su­per­center soon in Derby

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Derby Line VT

Lo­cal res­i­dents will still have to trek to Lit­tle­ton in New-Hamp­shire if they want to visit an Amer­i­can Walmart for quite a while, if not for a cou­ple of years.

The pro­posed 150,000 square foot store, with over 600 spots for park­ing, would be built in front of the Tav­ern on the Hill, on route 5, in Derby. The an­nounce­ment was made by Ver­mont Gov­er­nor Peter Shum­lin yes­ter­day. All was go­ing well in most speeches up to the one made by State Se­na­tor Robert Starr who re­ferred to ob­sta­cles in the way of the open­ing of the store.

They were con­firmed by the pro­moter him­self later on when he ad­mit­ted that if all goes well, the ad­min­is­tra­tive process to have all the per­mits could take as long as a year and that con­struc­tion would take

an­other nine months. He also ad­mit­ted that op­po­si­tion is still pos­si­ble, as was the case in Saint Al­bans, which would fur­ther de­lay the project. In this case, it took al­most twenty years for Walmart to start con­struc­tion there af­ter all the ju­di­cial re­courses were done; that store is set to open soon.

Walmart spokesper­son, Alexan­dra Serra, re­fused to com­ment on the im­pact of a Su­per­center on the Ma­gog store, de­fer­ring the ques­tion to an in­ter­na­tional spokesper­son.

Ver­mont Gov­er­nor Peter Shum­lin an­nounc­ing the new Walmart Su­per­center yes­ter­day in Derby.

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