Poll: Does Simsbury Need Another Supermarket?

Big Y recently announced plans for a new store location in Simsbury. Do think the region needs another supermarket?


Big Y recently announced plans for a new location in Simsbury which will bring the town back to its previous status as a three-market town.

With the close proximity of a variety of supermarkets- , in Simsbury and Granby, , Big Y in Avon, Fresh Market- shoppers will never be at a loss for options.

Do you think the region needs another supermarket? Tell us about your response in the comments section below.

Janice Kern June 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM
No Way! (Hartford does though)I will copy and paste what I wrote on another article : Why? So they could put the other local grocery store out of business. There may be ONLY 3 in Simsbury (3 is a lot for the amount of people in the town) but the proximity to Avon, Canton and Granby grocery stores is so close. Within 5-10 miles from where I live, I can go to Big Y, 2 Stop and Shops (3 maybe with Bloomfield) Fresh Market, Shop Rite, Fitzgerald's Food, and probably more, why do we need another Big Y 5 miles from where there is currently one? How about putting one in the food desert of Hartford, where people (some without cars ) have small corner stores and barely any affordable healthy produce, and I'm sure where the unemployment rate is higher. This is a bad move
Terry June 20, 2012 at 03:58 PM
While we'd all like to see the Wagner's site developed, I think it's reprehensible for the town to allow a mega-market to open directly across the street from a beloved small local business that can't possibly effectively compete.
peter June 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I think this is a great breath of fresh air for the Northern area of Simsbury. I'm very happy to see the Wagner property developed! As for Kane's, I will continue to patronize them as I have even after Stop & Shop opened down the street. A full line supermarket could never compete with the service and quality you get at Kane's. The only one that will really be affected is Stop & Shop which is located in Granby. No offense to them, but I'd rather see Simsbury grow. Also, in regards to a supermarket in Hartford; it was attempted again just last year. The taxpayers supplemented the venture with $1,000,000.00 of our tax dollars. The business failed not because of a lack of effort by its owners, but because contrary to what everyone seems to expect, it simply was not supported by the people that live in the city with their dollars.
Pamela Kelley June 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Undoubtedly the Wagner property needs to be developed, but we really don't need another supermarket! How about something to compete with Walmart, like Target, Or a grouping of small shops or mixed use, or something that'll bring in taxes, like light industrial. Now there's a concept!
Mary Dmytruk June 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
There are worse things than a supermarket that could be proposed for that site. Having the Wagner property developed is better than having it the way it is now.
Robert Kalechman June 21, 2012 at 04:15 AM
It is still a free country no thanks to the good old boys and girls of Simsbury who want to control everybody,every thing and have the people of Simsbury paying higher prices for every thing in town Mr Wagner has every right to do what is right with his own land and it is his land Good for you Mr Wagner
Elinor Englander June 21, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Has anyone addressed the increase in traffic congestion?
John Lucker June 21, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I wrote about some of the key issues for whether the town can support this kind of economic development in a Patch blog posting recently. Rather than repeat it here, please click here to read some of my thoughts: http://simsbury.patch.com/blog_posts/economic-development-doesnt-need-to-be-a-zero-sum-game-we-need-win-wins
Rich Sonsini June 21, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The North End of town needs a big boost, it has been a ghost town for a while now. People forget there are quality businesses down here.There are more than one pizza place in town there is more than one jeweler in town , more than one pharmacy ect. The small businesses in the north end of town need this .
Robert Johnson June 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
What we need to keep in mind is that as long as the company wanting to build the grocery store complies with zoning regulations, the town must allow it. The only way to prevent a large supermaket from opening there would have been to have zoning regulations that prevented operations of that size/type in the area.
Concerned citizen June 23, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Rich I agree with you the north end definitely needs a boost, the businesses there are definitely struggling, but I don't think it should be a supermarket, I believe it should be a quality restaurant (not pizza or Chinese) and maybe a movie theater or something that compliments the skating center right behind the property. This is just the rich getting richer and big companies crushing the little guy.
Thomas E. Brown June 25, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The town needs to hire a firm like Rouse and Associates to find some viable alternatives to the big box store theme. We don't need another grocery store, we just lost one. Big Y has flowers, plants, liquor, gourmet food, drugs, eggs, ice cream, fresh produce,bakery, coffee. Some people on the land use boards are in those types of small family run businesses and might just get what they can't vote for.
Rich Sonsini June 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Are you kidding ?
Mary Dmytruk June 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
We can all say what would be ideal in the Wagner property. Until someone who owns one of these ideal businesses believes they can be successful there, its not going to happen. Maybe Big Y could be like an anchor store and actually bring in more business to the stores accross the street.


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