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After 25 year fight, Wal-Mart opens in St. Albans

Posted on the 16 October, 2013 at 9:22 am Written by in News

A new Wal-Mart is opening in St. Albans, Vt., nearly 25 years after the company said it wanted to build a store in town.

Wal-Mart first got town approval to build a store in 1993. But the project never got off the ground after the Vermont Natural Resources Council and others successfully blocked the store from opening, causing Wal-Mart to give up the fight in 1997.

When local landowners wanted to rekindle the project in 2004, Wal-Mart said go ahead — but at their own expense.

The project again faced opposition from the Vermont Natural Resources Council, but this time the state supreme court sided with Wal-Mart.

The 146,000-square-foot store is opening Wednesday.

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