Poll: Walgreens on Mount Vernon Avenue
How do you feel about a national retailer setting up shop on Mount Vernon Avenue?
News of Walgreens potentially displacing five businesses and setting up shop in the 1500 block of Mount Vernon Avenue has inspired many emotions from Del Ray residents.
After learning of Walgreens' plans, the Land Use Committee of the Del Ray Citizens Association opened an online petition opposing national retailers coming to Mount Vernon Avenue and encouraging the city to work to “preserve, protect and promote the independent spirit of Del Ray community.” As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had garnered nearly 600 signatures.
Mayor Bill Euille, a Del Ray resident, weighed in on Saturday, saying he would use his influence to encourage Walgreens to look elsewhere.
DRCA President Bill Hendrickson wrote a letter Wednesday saying he believed it was time the neighborhood renewed its commitment to supporting small, independently owned businesses.
"The reason why the prospect of a large national retailer such as Walgreens is disconcerting is because we in Del Ray have worked so hard to promote and support small, independent businesses," Hendrickson wrote. "Indeed, one of the guiding principles of the Mount Vernon Avenue Business Area Plan, adopted by the City Council in 2005, is to 'encourage independent retail.'"
Many Del Ray Patch readers have expressed their displeasure with the chain displacing local businesses, saying they don’t like the idea of Walgreens’ services competing with those already available in the neighborhood.
Many have also said they would welcome Walgreens and its services, while some have said they believe the market should decide if Walgreens has a place in Del Ray.
What do you think about Walgreens coming to Del Ray? Take our poll and let us know what statement best applies to your opinion about Walgreens coming to the 1500 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.