Home Depot pulls plug on Berlin store plan

04/02/08 8:04AM

Home Depot has unexpectedly shelved plans to build one of its big-box stores in Berlin.

With stunned opponents looking on during an Environmental Court hearing yesterday, representatives of the company told a judge that Home Depot will be withdrawing its application to build on the site of a former strip mall on the Barre-Montpelier Road.

Eric Gilbertson of Montpelier is president of the 150-member Citizens for Community and Local Prosperity, which opposed the project. He called the move a surprise but not a shock.

He says Home Depot and Wal-Mart have both recently backed off expansion in other communities, too, because of the economy.

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