Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

March 21, 2004

A Wegmans store seen as improvement

So, Columbia planners and Rouse fear that the addition of a new Wegmans grocery store would "have a negative effect" upon the Oakland Mills and Long Reach village centers ("Plans for huge supermarket alarm Howard planners," March 16)? Did it ever occur to them that having the same shoddy Safeway and Giant grocery stores located in nearly all of the current village centers has an even greater negative effect? My husband and I laughed out loud when we read this article because we continue to be astounded by the poor quality and selection that pervade the grocery stores throughout Columbia. In particular, the produce is often overpriced and in terrible condition. After moving here from the Midwest a couple of years ago, we still cannot comprehend how an area with so many well-to-do residents tolerates this miserable monopoly throughout the village centers. We've given up and now drive thirty minutes to Baltimore each week to do much of our grocery shopping. The prices are more competitive, the selection is greater, and the freshness of the produce is better. In our opinions, the introduction of a new Wegmans grocery store could only have a positive effect upon Columbia. We hope that Columbia planners and Rouse will awaken to the notion that greater choice and quality will enhance Columbia residents' grocery shopping experiences.

Sarah Pollock

Columbia

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