After 25-year fight, Wal-Mart opens in Vt town
ST. ALBANS — A new Wal-Mart has opened in St. Albans, nearly 25 years after the company said it wanted to build a store in town.
Wal-Mart first got town approval to build in 1993. But the project never got off the ground after the Vermont Natural Resources Council and others 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 opened Wednesday.
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