I have been following news stories about Stop & Shop’s efforts to build a new, larger store in their current Five Corners Vineyard Haven location. Honestly, I dread the thought of a major construction project at Five Corners. The resulting larger store would create increased gridlock at peak times, overload the recently renovated parking lot, and potentially prevent emergency police response from the Tisbury Police Headquarters.

In speaking with neighbors there seems to be agreement that Stop & Shop should relocate out of Five Corners, potentially to somewhere just out of town on State Road. Wow, what a great idea! I personally would prefer to avoid the congestion and lack of sufficient parking of Five Corners by shopping on State Road. I suspect that many Islanders would prefer a State Road location as well, even with its fair share of traffic.

Lastly, if Stop & Shop were located on State Road then I bet all of us would see some serious grocery store price competition in areas of quality and price.

Heidi Feldman
Vineyard Haven