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Letter to the Editor: 'Chicken Littles' Don't See ShopRite's Upside

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Dear Editor,

Unfortunately, as is the case recently with many of the “issues” in Wyckoff, the ShopRite matter has been usurped by a small minority of Chicken Little residents that foist propaganda regarding traffic, trees and their singular vision of the town’s drastic downfall on their fellow citizens. These scare tactics are tired and insult the intelligence of progressive minded residents who they claim to speak for, but who actually despise their message.

While it is comical that the CLs never address how Wyckoff possibly survived two supermarkets in the same locations for many years, their biggest oversight is who these residents are trying to keep out of Wyckoff: the Inserra family. 

The Inserras are deservedly recognized as extremely generous and caring in the areas where their other supermarkets are located.  There are countless stories about the ShopRite in Ramsey repeatedly donating to local schools and consistently supporting charity efforts in the area. 

As a resident of Mahwah for a period of time that frequented the Inserra’s Ramsey location, I can personally attest to the congeniality and small business feel of the store, which greatly contrasts with the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest atmosphere of the massive Wyckoff Stop & Shop. Furthermore, the Inserras provide generous donations to numerous charities through the Inserra Family Foundation, including hefty donations to support diabetes research.

The tunnel vision of the CLs prevents them from seeing anything outside of their narrow, detached worldview. These same people who harp about Wyckoff losing its old school charm are actively opposing an application from a family that is everything they supposedly support: small business, consideration of their neighbors and active, beneficial participants in their local communities. 

Can the same thing be said for the massive Stop & Shop corporation? Perhaps if the CLs could actually see the forest through the trees (pun intended,) they would reconsider their contradictory position.


Joseph R. Haftek, Jr.
Wyckoff, NJ

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Just Watching March 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM
When Boulder Run was approved, it gave shopping center developers the rubber stamp of approval. Now it is destined to happen again. When CHCC Vista is approved, it will give approval for apartments and taller buildings. Will we ever learn?
susan April 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Hmmm... So we stop growing? We stand still? We go backwards, not forwards? What a sad state our lovely town would be in if everyone felt that way. Thank goodness its just a minority. I cannot believe the narrow minded thoughts being expressed here!. Competition is good for us all. Can't wait for Shop Rite to open.
Q April 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Gary Rabinowitz, you're not alone! I do not want Shop Rite to open in Wyckoff for all the reasons you mention AND I am not a fan of the store in Ramsey. Low prices and low quality.
Guy Cappello April 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM
The approval position of Shop Rite's right to be included in Wyckoff by the many who were in attendance the other nite, makes me feel proud that reason still prevails in our town. Guy Cappello
John A. Unglert May 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Have read all the above I am wonering if Mr. GXR is double parked in the Twilight Zone. I think I did see Rod Seling go by a few moments ago. Traffic increase, NO ONE care truly gausge that. We will always have differing studies. But that seems to be Mr. GXR's center piece. One would have thought that when there was an A&P AND the DMV in the same location, PLUS a really great Pizza "place" traffic would mimic what may be expected now ? Was that so terrible even when the bank was open ? I think NOT. Business competition is GOOD and should be supported. Maybe it will drive down some of the prices from that large vault building we already have. AND rateables are rateables. The property sits idle, let Shop Right use and an contribute to the tax base. I just beleive all the sayers of no have nothing better to do. Myself, I will go with Mr. Halftek's comments !


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