Wal-Mart Drops Twin Wal-Mart Concept

The large chain had planned to circumvent a local law in place for size-caps on retail stores.
May 18, 2005, 9am PDT | Brenda Meyer
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"The project, planned for the tiny hamlet of Dunkirk, attracted attention from communities across the nation that feared Wal-Mart would use the model to subvert their own size caps for stores. The two Wal-Mart operations proposed in Dunkirk -- each with its own entrance, utilities, bathrooms and cash registers -- would have had a combined area 30 percent larger than the 75,000-square-foot limit for a single retail store.

"I've gotten calls across the country from people worried about what I call 'the Dunkirk loophole,' " said Al Norman, founder of Sprawl-Busters, a Massachusetts-based group that helps communities fight big-box stores."

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Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 in The Washington Post
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