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Southampton locals rally behind shopping center


Some 100 locals from tony Southampton, New York, gathered outside Town Hall yesterday to show their support for the building of a grocery-anchored center in the Tuckahoe neighborhood, according to Newsday.

Demonstrators wearing “Yes Tuckahoe Shopping Center” T-shirts argued that the King Kullen supermarket proposed for the project would give them easier access to affordable groceries.

“We’re looking for a better price and a more accessible store,” 70-year-old Tom Ackerson told Newsday, noting that the area’s aging, year-round population needed more nearby retail.

But Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman told the newspaper he feared a worsening of already heavy summertime traffic in the oceanfront playground should the center be erected. “The odds are not in their favor,” he said of the demonstrators.

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