Hamilton likes to roll out the red carpet for giant, parasitic box stores like Wal-Mart, which are proven to destroy more jobs than they create as they poach business from existing business districts; but some communities have more self-respect.
The London Free Press reports that the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) just sided with the Town of Stratford against a SmartCentres/Avonwood plan to create a big box development anchored by Wal-Mart on the eastern edge of town.
Upholding the town's plan to locate commercial business in the downtown and west end, OMB Chair Colin Hefferon concluded that the big box plans "are neither in the public interest nor represent good planning."
The town's eight-year struggle to stop the retailer has already cost $800,000, but SmartCentres/Avonwood still has 15 days to appeal the decision.
(Thanks to Councillor Bob Bratina for forwarding this story to local media.)
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