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    SAN DIEGO - The City Council here voted late Tuesday to ban certain giant retail stores, dealing a blow to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s potential to expand in the nation's eighth-largest city.

    The measure, approved on a 5-3 vote, prohibits stores of more than 90,000 square feet that use 10 percent of space to sell groceries and other merchandise that is not subject to sales tax. It takes aim at Wal-Mart Supercenter stores, which average 185,000 square feet and sell groceries.

    Mayor Jerry Sanders will veto the ban if the Council reaffirms it on a second vote, which will likely happen in January, said mayoral spokesman Fred Sainz. The Council can override his veto with five votes.

    "What the Council did tonight was social engineering, not good public policy," Sainz said.

    Supporters of the ban argued that Wal-Mart puts smaller competitors out of business, pays workers poorly, and contributes to traffic congestion and pollution. Opponents said the mega-retailer provides jobs and low prices and that a ban would limit consumer choice.

    "Quite simply, I do not think it is the role of the San Diego City Council to dictate where families should buy their groceries," said Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who opposed the ban.

    Councilman Tony Young, who joined the 5-3 majority, countered, "I have a vision for San Diego and that vision is about walkable, livable communities, not big, mega-structures that inhibit people's lives."

    Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin McCall said the Bentonville, Ark.-based company may consider a legal challenge or voter referendum if the measure becomes law.

    "Certainly we're disappointed but there's still a number of steps left in this process," he said. "We need to look at what our options are."

    The ban is modeled on a law in Turlock, a city of 70,000 people 85 miles southeast of San Francisco. Turlock prohibited big-box stores over 100,000 square feet that devote at least 5 percent of their space to groceries.

    Wal-Mart recently dropped its challenge to the Turlock ordinance, which prevented it from building a planned 225,000-square-foot Supercenter store. In July, a federal judge in Fresno said Turlock's zoning law did not infringe on the company's constitutional rights. The state Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

    Wal-Mart has about 2,000 Supercenter stores, including 21 in California, but none in the San Diego area. The retailer has 18 regular Wal-Mart stores in the San Diego area, including four within limits of the city of 1.3 million people.

    Wal-Mart has not disclosed plans for a Supercenter store in San Diego area. Sainz, the mayoral spokesman, said the retailer probably wants to expand.

    "It's complete and total guesswork but I'm inclined they would," Sainz said. "Everything I've seen and heard from them makes me think they would."

    San Diego's move comes two months after the Chicago City Council failed to override Mayor Richard Daley's veto of a so-called "living-wage" ordinance that would have required giant retailers to pay their workers higher wages.
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    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Communist Party of India said on Tuesday it was against the entry of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in India, a day after Bharti Enterprises announced a tie-up with the world's biggest retailer.

    "This is a move which will allow (multinational companies) and big domestic business houses to monopolise our retail trade sector, depriving millions of people of their jobs and livelihood and exploiting cheap labour of the poorer section," the party said in a statement.

    It said the communist parties had submitted a note to the government opposing foreign direct investment in retail.

    "The experiences of several countries with Wal-Mart are very adverse," the party said and called on the government to stop the company's entry into Indian retail.
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    Good for San Diego!

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    Good for them! I admit being a WalMart disciple at times, but I've been trying my best to visit other stores like KMart and smaller places, only b/c everyone goes to WalMart.

    Thanks for the news.
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    Don't know why Wal-Mart would even waste their time fighting - I mean, what's to stop Wally World, Inc., from building a standard issue Wal-Mart on one side of the parking lot, and then building a Wal-Mart Neighbourhood Market (a Wal-Mart grocery store for those of you who haven't seen 'em yet) right next to it? Seems as if that would skirt the law quite nicely.

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    Like a Sam's Club or something? That's what they did here in Reno. There's a SuperWalMart and then there's a Sam's Club in the lot next door. Never been there tho.
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    You know how big corporations just love to sling lawsuits around though, why take the easy way out and just skirt the law when you can sue the city and lose instead? Then you can skirt the law after the trial. Its the American way!

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    Wal-mart sucks. It's all about Target!!!
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