(POLL) Will You Shop at Walmart When it Opens in East Brunswick?

Patch wants to know if you will shop at the Walmart once its open.


So tell us, Patch readers. Will you shop at the Walmart when it’s built? If not, tell us what local businesses you prefer to go to for groceries, clothes, toys and more.

Everyone has been in a Walmart at one time or another. Let us know if you plan to go back.

Jack Wagon May 01, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Most of these posts have overtones that wreak of snobbery. You live in EB folks, not Rumson or Franklin Lakes. Move to Alpine if you don't want a Wal-Mart. EB created that mega shopping disaster on Rt.18, but now it's one scummy store too many for you? EB is one town away from the city of New Brunswick on one side and the rest of EB is surrounded mostly by blue collar, middle, to low income towns like No. Bruns., South River, Old Bridge, Sayreville, Spotswood, Helmetta, and Jamesburg. SB is the only town that borders EB that I would consider moderately higher middle income, but they already have the Princeton area to shop upscale stores. I don't think EB is upscale enough for a Wegmans, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods These "nicer" stores, as one of you put it, are far away from EB for a reason. The demographics just aren't there for this these upscale stores. Be thankful that someone wants to move into EB at all, and generate commerce in that God forsaken traffic nightmare called Rt. 18. There is a lot of empty commercial property out there right now. If you're really worried about the local merchants, they'll all be fighting for your dollars now, and I for one, feel that competition will be better for the consumer, especially during the current economic conditions. Let the chips fall where they may.
John Romano May 01, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I agree Christopher. WE shouldn't have to "lower the bar". But that doesn't mean that the town leaders feel that way. It seems it was too easy for EB Town and Planning boards to accept the deal which is the "Tarnished Tin Plate Triangle". They made an insane land deal to begin with. They had no leverage in the choice of end-user. They had no power to challenge the variances that were "requested". They were swatted in the "hind quarters", with absolutely no recourse but to say, "Thank you sir...may I have another". Heaven forbid the town's leadership put some effort into outlining strict criteria for the development of that site. Instead...they lowered the greenspace requirement (fyi...Walmart doesn't want all those trees because they would obstruct the view of their building from the street....and don't believe anything to the contrary). Has the sum that was donated to the shade tree fund been made public yet? Oh, wait, for getting their variance granted the developer has "agreed to consider" making a donation to the shade tree fund. What does that mean? They wake up one morning and say, "Nevermind...I'd rather not make a donation"? By the way if it's any less than $2000 per tree, the town got ripped off. This deal...top to bottom....reeks of incompetence and indifference to the best interests of the town. THAT is the direction that the town leaders are steering us...and it makes me seriously wonder if any of them are related to the captain of the Titanic.
John Romano May 01, 2012 at 01:12 AM
.....I don't think it's snobbery. I think...that given the ever increasing tax burden that is levied on homeowners in the town....that they expected better. They expected the leaders to look out for them and their best interests. They expected the town to be able to research the architect and find that their #1 retail client was Walmart. They expected that such a crazy land deal...one of which is now cited as an example under the word "stupid" in the dictionary...could never come to pass under their elected leaders "watch".
Christopher May 01, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Yeah, I agree. I don't think anyone's arguing that East Brunswick wants to be the next Short Hills, but I mean, geez... there's gotta be a happier medium than what we've got.
Jack Wagon May 01, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Guys, I understand what you are saying, but I'll still stand by what I wrote. We can blame the politicians past and present for the monster that Rt. 18 has grown into, but this deal is the preverbal _ _ _ _ sandwich and everyone in EB is getting a piece.


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