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There has been much talk about how the Trinity Site Revitalization Project has the potential to change our community forever. I have no doubt that it will. I am less convinced that the changes will be positive.
According to the plan, a new anchor store, a Smith’s Marketplace, will be surrounded by a sea of asphalt on the easternmost part of the downtown. In addition to creating sprawl and hazardous conditions on Trinity Drive, the development will create a grocery monopoly for Smith’s corporation. Monopolies don’t nurture commerce, they stunt it. As owners of the Mari-Mac shopping center and anchor tenant of the planned Trinity Site strip mall, Smith’s will enjoy exclusive license to serve up whatever type of food and merchandise they choose to a captive community audience, like it or not.
Favorite and popular sought-after name-brand items that Los Alamos shoppers enjoy will be replaced by “Private Selection” substitutes, a phenomenon that those of us who have been paying attention have already noticed taking place at the current Smith’s. Imagine our community’s value to the corporation as marketing Guinea pigs or social-engineering test subjects! I hope at least we’ll get loyalty discounts.
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