I enthusiastically support Stop & Shop’s proposal to invest more than $15 million in our community to replace their outdated store with a new building in Vineyard Haven. It is beyond me why anybody would oppose this project. The existing store has served the Island well, but it is time for a much needed upgrade that will also help revitalize the downtown.

Stop & Shop has proven it is a good neighbor, and that they keep their word. They have been very generous to many local causes, and I am sure that they will construct a very nice new building. I also understand that the new building will increase parking downtown and will help clean up the area. Stop & Shop needs a new modern store and Vineyard Haven needs some sprucing up. This sounds like a good deal for everybody.

We all know that the review process is very difficult on the Vineyard so I am confident that whatever is approved will be good for the Island. So please do not delay things any longer and get this project done.

Michael Klimck