Big Y Backs Out Of Lease -- Groceries...

Big Y Backs Out Of Lease -- Groceries, Wal-Mart Stores Incorpor...

There are 55 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 29, 2008, titled Big Y Backs Out Of Lease -- Groceries, Wal-Mart Stores Incorpor.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Several years of delays and a worsening economy pushed the grocery store to end an agreement to occupy the 107,193-square-foot commercial development envisioned at Spencer Plain Road and Route 1, a spokeswoman ...

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No Surprise

Greenfield, MA

#1 Mar 29, 2008
This was an economic gamble from the beginning. Although I support the competition of grocery stores, the thought of another empty building in town was quite scary and probable.
EEC

United States

#2 Mar 29, 2008
Just another situation where the narrow minded residents of Old Saybrook killed the goose that was going to lay the golden egg.
Soldat

United States

#3 Mar 29, 2008
Not everyone can work for the Govt. We fight any company that will bring real jobs to their area. Conn needs to remember we have alot of older people that resist developement but these are the same people that demand free healthcare and elderly services. Who is going to pay for them? As Connecticut pushes the educated young people out of the state we will be left with very little in the end. The collage kids I met all want to move out of Conn. I was surprised. These kids really don't want to stay here.
John from OS

Brockton, MA

#4 Mar 29, 2008
EEC wrote:
Just another situation where the narrow minded residents of Old Saybrook killed the goose that was going to lay the golden egg.
This is because Matt Rubin had some of the Commission in his back pocket. This was all orchistrated.
grrr

United States

#5 Mar 29, 2008
Soldat wrote:
Not everyone can work for the Govt. We fight any company that will bring real jobs to their area. Conn needs to remember we have alot of older people that resist developement but these are the same people that demand free healthcare and elderly services. Who is going to pay for them? As Connecticut pushes the educated young people out of the state we will be left with very little in the end. The collage kids I met all want to move out of Conn. I was surprised. These kids really don't want to stay here.
These are not real jobs, these are low paying 8.50 an hour part time jobs with benifits people cant afford.(with the execption of a few full timers)The real jobs went to mexico,china ,india as part of nafta and favored trade nations.they were the jobs nobody wanted like tool makers, cnc operators ,plant managers,computer programers,it workers just to list some.
browser

East Haddam, CT

#6 Mar 29, 2008
grrr wrote:
<quoted text>These are not real jobs, these are low paying 8.50 an hour part time jobs with benifits people cant afford.(with the execption of a few full timers)The real jobs went to mexico,china ,india as part of nafta and favored trade nations.they were the jobs nobody wanted like tool makers, cnc operators ,plant managers,computer programers,it workers just to list some.
So instead of having "low paying" jobs we opt for "no jobs". Instead of offering competition and choice, we opt for a single provider and an expensive one at that. Brilliant. The delays and opposition changed the economics and the deal become unworkable.
anon

Broad Brook, CT

#7 Mar 29, 2008
Too bad. Big Y has been a very good neighbor in our neck of the woods.
Grickly Gractus

United States

#8 Mar 29, 2008
Big Y is overpriced and caters to the snob crowd. Good riddance.
OS resident

AOL

#9 Mar 29, 2008
It would be nice to have a Shoprite there.
OS resident

AOL

#10 Mar 29, 2008
It would be nice to have a Shop Rite there

Since: May 07

Old Saybrook

#11 Mar 29, 2008
John from OS wrote:
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This is because Matt Rubin had some of the Commission in his back pocket. This was all orchistrated.
So sad if this is true about Rubin. First bully Stop & Shop buys the lease on the Ames building and now this. Maybe Lyman can get Trader Joe's to come in? And I'll continue to drive from Old Saybrook to Clinton to shop at Shaws.
The young families

Groton, CT

#12 Mar 29, 2008
Does any one relize the importance of anykind of job in Connecticut, Most Grocery stores do pay employees very well, such as Stop & Shop, and from groing up in the area I know how many "young families" do not have jobs at all and live of the town and government- but "shhhh" no one in OS knows,YEAH RIGHT! If the ederly want to keep the town as it has always been, then sorry but in 5-10 years there may be no town. We need to make jobs and futures for all the families in the town.
Also- If you would like a Shop rite in town- go check out any area store- all there is is filth and trash everywhere!
grande latta

Sandwich, MA

#13 Mar 29, 2008
The Way I see It #289
The secret ploy!!
"Wacko tree-huggers to make America energy independent , clean our air and water, improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, kick-start 21st-century, and make our cities safer and more livable. Don't let them get away with it"!
Actually, it is printed on the paper cup from Starbucks. Ha! All of you are making great sens.
driverdan

Vernon Rockville, CT

#14 Mar 29, 2008
local politics rule! you get what you elect. so suffer OS, we've been supporting elderly for far too long in this state. that is 1 atitude. another is, we don't need another big box store in town. they are all the same, all part-timers so they do not have to offer benefits. so now your kids have no choice but to flip burgers, or scoop ice-cream, or take tickets at the beach, or mow lawns, or deliver pizzas,[hopefully in your car not their own], or run cash register at the few businesses left in your now pristine town bereft of job oppurtunities, but you can proudly say is YOUR town.
grande latta

Sandwich, MA

#15 Mar 29, 2008
should have said your comments are not making sense.
grrr

United States

#16 Mar 29, 2008
browser wrote:
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So instead of having "low paying" jobs we opt for "no jobs". Instead of offering competition and choice, we opt for a single provider and an expensive one at that. Brilliant. The delays and opposition changed the economics and the deal become unworkable.
All low paying jobs do is two things.1 The income is low enough so people qualify for subsidized rent,food stamps,wic,fuel assistance,etc.2 People who live off the system such as state and city workers many are nothing more than clecks,janitors,receivers,gene ral labor such as highway and street workers,etc and have benifits no private company could ever provide.They all like to turn around and say hey if people want to work theres jobs out there.How about if we pass a law saying every company has to put their wages in line with state workers.(I know i would like to retire at 55 or sooner)As for competition your right,StopnShop shouldnt be the only game in town and you you shouldnt have to go to clinton or over the bridge for something different
Susie

Guilford, CT

#17 Mar 29, 2008
Big Y is disgusting. Today, at the Big Y in North Branford, it was 43 degrees and very windy. Despite this, this stupid store had two huge wall-sized doors wide open to the outside. They were cranking their heat to off-set the cold but it was failing. I've never seen such waste, except when I see people driving Hummers, maybe. It was supposed to feel like an outdoor market I guess, but no one had the brain to realize that it was freezing out! It's a beautiful brand new store and now it makes me sick.
Wow

United States

#18 Mar 29, 2008
To those who think bringing in a big box store will bring in jobs is misinformed. They take jobs from other places and shut down businesses that actually pay enough to sustain people. They cannot compete with the big box stores. Nobody wins except the big box store.
Shocked in CT

Weston, CT

#19 Mar 29, 2008
Another fine job by our town.......I really enjoy overpaying for my groceries..........but hey what do we care right??? I guess not all of us want to save money any way we can.......
mike from OFallon

Saint Peters, MO

#20 Mar 30, 2008
John from OS wrote:
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This is because Matt Rubin had some of the Commission in his back pocket. This was all orchistrated.
You are right on the mark John. Matt Rubin can do no wrong in some peoples eyes. Yes he donates alot of money to Saybrook causes, but everything he does is at a cost. Our cost is paying the outrageous prices at Stop and Shop. Does he own S&S...no, but he might as well. Someday people will wake up and realize that change is necessary to grow. Old Saybrook is not growing!!

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