Wal-Mart to open after 2-decade battle
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. ALBANS Twenty years after first getting town approval, a Wal-Mart store is finally opening iN St. Albans.
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 Vermont Supreme Court sided with Wal-Mart.
The new 146,000-square-foot store is set to open at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.