Proposed Manchester Walmart plan clears legal hurdle
The state Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a suit on which opponents had pinned their hopes as they attempted to block Walmart's four-year effort to build the supercenter at the site of the former Associated Grocers warehouse.
The latest ruling, issued Oct. 11, affirmed a Hillsborough County North Superior Court decision that the city's board of mayor and aldermen properly approved altering Gold and Sewall streets by installing gates.
Hannaford Brothers, which has a supermarket one street away on John E. Devine Drive, and other nearby companies had filed two suits in an effort to block construction of the proposed 188,000-square-foot store, which would include a full-service supermarket.
In January, the high court affirmed the lower court decision that upheld the planning board approval. Last week's decision affirmed the lower court ruling dismissing the Hannaford and Victory Distributors appeal of the aldermen's decision.
Asked Friday when work might begin on the supercenter project, Amanda Henneberg, a Walmart spokesman, said in an email: "We do not have a start date for construction yet."
Hannaford still has its stores on John E. Devine Drive and on Colby Court in Bedford, but Stop & Shop closed all six of its New Hampshire stores, including the one at 777 S. Willow St., and Shaw's store at 375 S. Willow St. was one of six it recently closed in New Hampshire.