Richmond has become a battlefield for retail rivals Foodstuffs (owning New World and Pak’nSave, among others) and Progressive Enterprises (Countdown).
Mentioning traffic issues, Foodstuffs has opposed Countdown’s plans to build a new store in Richmond, calling for the rezoning from residential to commercial to be rejected. Foodstuffs already owns a property nearby, and its proposed New World store to be built in another area of Richmond was approved in March. Nonetheless, in its submission against Countdown, the company said that the plan change might cause increased traffic of about 572 vehicle movements an hour, much higher than Progressive’s estimate of 400 vehicle movements.
The hearing is likely to be scheduled for mid-July.