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January 30. 2014 9:14PM

Rindge board grants Wal-Mart sign variances

RINDGE — The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted Wal-Mart variances to the town sign ordinance Tuesday as part of plans for its recently approved expansion.

Wal-Mart sought to increase the size of the main building sign and to continue to internally illuminate that sign. It also requested two additional exterior signs, one of which is required by the new federal Affordable Care Act.

Zoning Board Chairman David Drouin said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act requires a visible “pharmacy” sign on buildings where medications are dispensed.

The town sign variance allows businesses one 32-square-foot sign, Drouin said.

The current Wal-Mart sign was granted a variance to exceed that at 160 square feet.

The variances granted Tuesday give Wal-Mart permission to have the three signs reading Wal-Mart, outdoor living and pharmacy, total 320-square feet, Drouin said.

The multimillion dollar expansion of the Wal-Mart on Route 202 was approved by the Planning Board earlier this month.

The project aims to convert the 20-year-old Wal-Mart to a Super Wal-Mart that would include the addition of a grocery section.

The proposed expansion would add 42,000 square feet to the existing 76,148 square-foot store that sits on 17 acres on Route 202, for a total of 118,000 square feet.

mpierce@newstote.com


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