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Walmart seeks to add grocery store

  • Walmart will go before the Rindge Planning Board on Aug. 6 to present on a planned expansion of the current store on Route 202.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Walmart will go before the Rindge Planning Board on Aug. 6 to present on a planned expansion of the current store on Route 202.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Walmart will go before the Rindge Planning Board on Aug. 6 to present on a planned expansion of the current store on Route 202.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Walmart will go before the Rindge Planning Board on Aug. 6 to present on a planned expansion of the current store on Route 202.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

RINDGE — If Rindge’s Walmart gets the OK to add another 43,000 square feet, the town would gain another grocery store, two of them right next door to each other. The national retail chain wants to open its own grocery store in its present location next to Hannaford Supermarket and down the road from Market Basket. Walmart’s application calls for a building addition that differs from all of its other stores in response to the town’s concern about maintaining rural character.

Nearly two years after the company first submitted it’s application for a major site plan review for an expansion and new full-service grocery store, Walmart is slated to meet with the Planning Board on Tuesday night to seek application acceptance for a proposed 43,000-square-foot expansion of its existing retail store on Route 202.

Walmart — which has had a store on Route 202 for approximately 20 years — applied to the Planning Board for a 41,798-square-foot expansion in October 2011. But a proposed fire lane access way to the rear of the store and improved stormwater management, means the proposed store’s expansion is actually 43,000 square feet, according to town records. The existing Walmart is 76,148 square feet and located on 17.31 acres of land.

The last time Walmart met with the Planning Board to discuss its application for major site plan review in November 2011, the board expressed concern about the proposed wastewater treatment system that would be constructed to service the building, as well as the architectural design plans town officials said did not adhere to the rural character of Rindge.

Since then, Walmart has revised its application to include additional on-site soil testing to support construction of its proposed new wastewater facility and leach fields. The new site plan calls for upgrades to the stormwater management and detention system throughout the site, including in the wetland buffer area where existing pipes now pass, according to Walmart’s application.

Newly submitted architectural renderings of the proposed Walmart include embellishments and agrarian details on the storefront, which stand in contrast to the company’s prior proposal of a more common box store appearance. At the November 2011 meeting, town officials said maintaining a small-town, rural aesthetic in Rindge is important to the town’s plan for future economic growth and development.

Paul Young, principal of Novus Public Affairs representing Walmart, told the Planning Board in November 2011 that the proposed expansion project is expected to cost more than $20 million and, if approved, would increase the tax base in town.

Should the Planning Board accept Walmart’s application Tuesday night, a public hearing will follow. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the town offices.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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