No Walmart Supercenter soon in Derby
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.