An article in the business section of the Baltimore Sun on 13 September relates that local Baltimore County interests are opposing letting Wegman's build one of their markets on Beaver Dam Road near Padonia Road, allegedly because the lot is zoned for industrial and they are afraid of traffic congestion. This despite that next door to the proposed lot is a Lowe's and a Sam's Club. (See URL below for the article.)
Wegman's is a great super-supermarket. I have shopped in them in New York State, and would like to have one here, which would be its first one in Maryland. A huge thread of messages some time back relates what the stores are like.
The BaltCo NIMBYs are also afraid of competition with other local markets. Thus the suburban gas-guzzling- SUV crowd repeats its typical behavior of "let me move to the country, neglect the central city, but after I am there don't let anyone else in" mentality responsible for so much of what is wrong.
The major opponents of Wegman's mentioned in the article are the Greater Timonium Community Council, lawyer Stuart D. Kaplow who is on hire by some real estate interests, and BaltCo councilcritter T. Bryan McIntire. You can be sure local food markets are behind much of the opposition. They could use the competition, and no one would cry if it hurt the deterioriating Giant chain, which has been going downhill steadily since it was purchased a few years ago by a firm whose name should really be spelled "Royal Asshole."
Any else want to write these cretins and try to help get Wegman's in our area?