Monroe, CT. WAL-MART CANCELS ANOTHER SUPERSTORE PLAN
They are celebrating today in Monroe and Trumbull, Connecticut.
Wal-Mart announced two days ago that it is abandoning its proposal to build a superstore in Monroe, a community of roughly 23,000 people.
“Although we no longer plan to build a new store in Monroe,” a Wal-Mart spokesman said, “we are committed to continuing our investment in Connecticut.” Yadda Yadda, etc.
This project, which first raised its ugly head in 2014, had drawn opposition from neighborhood groups in both Monroe, and neighboring Turnbull. A group called Trumbull First fought the project in court. “A lot of people didn’t want Wal-Mart,” a selectman in Monroe told the Connecticut Post.
One comment on the CT Post story summed up the feeling: “A Wal-Mart would have a trickle down effect of closing down all the little shops up there…good riddance.”
This year, Wal-Mart has said it plans to open only 25 new stores in America. That’s about one-tenth the pace the retailer kept in the 1990s. The company has turned its focus on internet sales, where it still lags significantly behind Amazon.
The death of the Monroe Wal-Mart is just the latest in a string of crash-and-burn decisions by Wal-Mart over the past six months as reported by Sprawl-Busters.
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