Developer Rick Walker told the Greater Remington Improvement Association Monday night that the Wal-Mart-based development he hopes to do on the site of the former Anderson Automotive won’t be anything like the failed development at Port Covington, also anchored by a Wal-Mart, according to The Baltimore Messenger.
When we visited the Port Covington development on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago, the Wal-Mart was surrounded by an ocean of empty parking spaces and seagulls and the abandoned Sam’s Club. On one side of the property, there was quite a lot of trash.
Meanwhile, there was some qualified support today for the proposed 25th Street Station development — but not the Wal-Mart — this from Gabriel Goodenough, a Remington resident who is the executive director of the Wyman Park South Association.
In a long letter to the media and city officials, Goodenough said they should salvage the project by dropping the unpopular Wal-Mart idea and trying instead to get a Costco or a Trader Joe’s as anchor supermarkets.
He said he thought those stores offered the right blend of appealing merchandise, worker-friendly business practices and reasonable prices.
“Trader Joe’s also offers value for lower income customers, as highlighted by a May 2009 Consumer Reports study which gave the company the second highest score out of 59 national supermarket chains in terms of price and value,” Goodenough wrote.
” I guess this is why people say the store has “bourgeoisie food at proletariat prices.”