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Walmart wants to add a supermarket to its store in Rindge

RINDGE — After 20 years on Route 202, Walmart is planning an expansion to include a supermarket.

Walmart has been tweaking its application for the expansion for the past two years.

The expansion and preliminary designs were first proposed to the planning board in 2011. At that time, the board denied a waiver because no plan for the septic system was submitted.

Planners said they were concerned about the soil and water flow, based on the proposed location of a wastewater treatment plant to serve the larger building. Planners said they needed a detailed plant plan, as required by the town.

In its application for the expansion this month, Walmart again asked for the waiver, saying it is usual for the company to design a septic system until later in the process.

The proposed expansion would add 43,000 square feet to the existing 76,148-square-foot Walmart that sits on 17 acres on Route 202.

The application came before town planners Tuesday night. If the application is accepted, the site plan review process through public hearings would begin.

The town, located on the Massachusetts border, already has Market Basket and Hannaford supermarkets on Route 202.

Town Administrator Carlotta Pini said the competition could be good for local shoppers.

“I think anytime there are more choices for the consumer it can beneficial for the consumer in terms of pricing and selection,” Pini said.

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