Councilors mount opposition to Haymarket Wal-Mart

Oct 4, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Gainesville Times

Haymarket Town Council members on Monday expressed a willingness to fight the the county harder on the prospect of a Wal-Mart Supercenter coming to the intersection of U.S. 15 and Route 55 than they previously did on other land disputes.

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Skeptical

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#101
Apr 4, 2012
 
"Any proof? No, common sense. Wait an see."

As I noted earlier, you should do your research before posting. Plenty of proof exists in the records of the Town and the relationship of it to the control of the roads in Town by way of the Town Charter. You also need to consider the cost of the right of way acquisition and condemnation of properties (some Historic) through Haymarket to accomplish the widening. Long and short of it, you're ill-informed and talking out of your ass.
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#102
Jul 12, 2012
 
I agree with you... I can't believe how many stereotypical and racial/ cultural innuendos were on here. You "adults" who call yourselves "affluent" should take your uppity buns somewhere else. It's disgusting to see such intolerance. I cannot believe I live in a community where people are so rude and inconsiderate. You should be ashamed! I hope none of you are raising children to think like that.... This is one of the most diverse areas in the united states, and you seem to loathe living in it... I would swap ignorant people like you out for wal mart any day. don't let the automatic doors hit you in the hiney on the way out.
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Jul 27, 2012
 

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I am so not in favor of a Walmart. So you think bringing a Walmart will decrease your tax; well what about your home value. It will go lower as the so ever lower price walmart brings the trash into this small community. Underpay it's worker and treat them poorly. Really... Drive small business out, increase traffic. Have you seen the gas station "Sheet" it is almost impossible to get gas during the day.
Why not bring something that the people in this will like. Gainesville is doing it right. A small identical Reston towncenter...
Study: Wal-Mart Stores Add to Poverty, Not Prosperity
please do the research ..
http://blog.aflcio.org/2006/05/31/study-wal-m...
You have a car drive to Walmart and check out the scenary while your out there. I don't want that in my back yard.
If you wanted Reston you should have moved there!!!!
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You have got to be kidding me. Walmart is welcomed with open arms. If I need a lightbulb for my car, I have to go to Manassas. The elite snob mentality in this area kills me. NIMBY, Really? My question is whether or not you are originally from here? If you didn't want development, or oversight, or infrastructure, then you should have moved to West Virginia. "You people" complained about Giant moving in ten years ago in Gainesville because the "mom and pop" grocery store in Haymarket would suffer. So, my arguement is still valid, if you don't want these places to come here, then you have no right to shop there once they arrive. You should identify yourself and then be stopped if you even go in the parking lot. I would bet a year salary that you'll be there once a week for something. Get bent!
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I can't wait to be able to buy windshield wipers when it starts raining and I realize mine are bad. Now I have to either order from Amazon and wait 2 days, or go out of my way to Manassas.

Also can't wait for all the other shops to open around Walmart. They are only able to open because of Walmart. Without Walmart's signed lease, that place would have never been built. The only thing that might go out of business is "Bloom-Lion" and I'm alright with that. Some other store will take its place.
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#106
Aug 5, 2012
 
You let that Walmart in and you will open a gateway for throngs of illegal aliens and low class dirtballs into your community
Nathanael Snow

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Dear Mr. Surrounded by Vermin,
I voluntarily provide refuge to illegal aliens facing deportation. This country should be open to the world.
Nathanael Snow (my real name)
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Why is this thread is still alive? Walmart is opening soon and there's nothing you can do about it. Please move on to complaining about the next chain store to locate in your pristine wilderness.
surrounded by vermin

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#109
Aug 5, 2012
 
Nathanael Snow wrote:
Dear Mr. Surrounded by Vermin,
I voluntarily provide refuge to illegal aliens facing deportation. This country should be open to the world.
Nathanael Snow (my real name)
Breaking the law and boasting about it is both shameful and dishonorable. If you feel that this nation should be open to the world then vote in a Congress who will change the law. Until that time I hope you are swiftly and severely punished for any crimes you engage in.
Nathanael Snow

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When a law is unjust I will not comply.
Surrounded by low lifes

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#111
Aug 16, 2012
 
Nathanael Snow wrote:
When a law is unjust I will not comply.
unjust? Every nation on earth controls it's borders. The US allows in more legal immigrants every year than the rest of the world combined. In Mexico, illegal immigration is a felony punishable by 5 years in prison! Where us the justice for the many thousands of American citizens who are the victims in serious crimes at the hands of people who are in the country illegally?
Bernadette

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#112
Sep 23, 2012
 
I have been here for 25+ years. We had only 1 blinking traffic light, a part time police department, a general store which we used as a grocery store until we wanted to drive to Manassas, chantilly or Warrenton. Be cause of the house values the taxes have gone way up and way down. We will deal with the traffic just like we had to when they put in Piedmont and Dominion Valley. I would preferred DIsney or even the race track. But, that being said. We will deal with this just as we have all the other traffic issues. WalMart and a good neighbor and donates a LOT to charity functions and school fund raisers. Sheetz donates a lot also. We need to just look at the positive because it will happen whether we like it or not.
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We recently moved to Haymarket thinking it was a idyllic town with the potential to have a main street revitalized with destination-type shops and restaurants. Now there is a Wal-Mart and another chain pizza joint (not a good one) coming - hardly worth stopping en route on 66! What a disaster for the historic town. The traffic is awful. The corner a blight and there will be no recovery for the town to turn into what it could have been. PW County - shame on you!!! Middleburg wouldn't stand for (or be forced to accept) such "development". There is a simple solution - boycott!
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#114
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Haymarket Mom wrote:
We recently moved to Haymarket thinking it was a idyllic town with the potential to have a main street revitalized with destination-type shops and restaurants. Now there is a Wal-Mart and another chain pizza joint (not a good one) coming - hardly worth stopping en route on 66! What a disaster for the historic town. The traffic is awful. The corner a blight and there will be no recovery for the town to turn into what it could have been. PW County - shame on you!!! Middleburg wouldn't stand for (or be forced to accept) such "development". There is a simple solution - boycott!
I love people who move to NORTHERN VIRGINIA of all places and then complain about development. The problem is Haymarket was never really "historic" to begin with. Wow, a small southern town that was affected during the Civil War. WHAT A RARITY.
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I love people who move to NORTHERN VIRGINIA of all places and then complain about development. The problem is Haymarket was never really "historic" to begin with. Wow, a small southern town that was affected during the Civil War. WHAT A RARITY.
I too really wanted to live in Middleburg but thought Haymarket would eventually offer the same idyllic quaint atmosphere of multi millionare horse owner estates and destinations shops full of overpriced knick knacks. So I bought a house here and then Walmart opened up and now my dreams are shattered am I'm embarrassed to host parties. Boycott Walmart.
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LOL wrote:
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I love people who move to NORTHERN VIRGINIA of all places and then complain about development. The problem is Haymarket was never really "historic" to begin with. Wow, a small southern town that was affected during the Civil War. WHAT A RARITY.
I love people who move some place and then want that place to look like every other place with big box retail, fast food and chain restaurants. If you wanted that then there were plenty of other places for you to choose from!
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I love people who move some place and then want that place to look like every other place with big box retail, fast food and chain restaurants. If you wanted that then there were plenty of other places for you to choose from!
I really hate big box retail. I much prefer medium isosceles trapezoid retail. Big boxes suck. Ever get that feeling when you are shopping for something in a big box store that the box is getting smaller and smaller until it suffocates you? I hate that feeling, it's like get me outta here! You won't get that with isosceles trapezoidal design. All retail should look like the Sydney Opera house with all that curvy stuff if you ask me, it just makes good financial sense.
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I really hate big box retail. I much prefer medium isosceles trapezoid retail. Big boxes suck. Ever get that feeling when you are shopping for something in a big box store that the box is getting smaller and smaller until it suffocates you? I hate that feeling, it's like get me outta here! You won't get that with isosceles trapezoidal design. All retail should look like the Sydney Opera house with all that curvy stuff if you ask me, it just makes good financial sense.
God forbid we have an acclaimed piece of architecture in our community on the level of a Sydney Opera House. Not when we can have grey, cinder block rectangular buildings. I'll take one of those medium isosceles trapezoids you speak of!
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God forbid we have an acclaimed piece of architecture in our community on the level of a Sydney Opera House. Not when we can have grey, cinder block rectangular buildings. I'll take one of those medium isosceles trapezoids you speak of!
Well, stop talking and start doing. We aren't just sitting back and hoping someone else will do it are we? Unfortunately you won't be working with unlimited government money for building an opera house, you'll actually have to spend your own or your investors money. I look forward to your visiting your establishment.
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Well, stop talking and start doing. We aren't just sitting back and hoping someone else will do it are we? Unfortunately you won't be working with unlimited government money for building an opera house, you'll actually have to spend your own or your investors money. I look forward to your visiting your establishment.
I'm obviously in the minority here so I'll quit talking. Guess I'm crazy for wishing we could in some small way try to shape development in a way that would be respecful of the town's history (no matter how inconsequential you think that is) and that forges a unique identity that we can take pride in.

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