Stanislaus County Wal-Mart Ban Upheld
The city of Turlock has won a legal skirmish with retail giant Wal-Mart. As Bob Hensley reports, a Stanislaus Superior Court judge has upheld Turlock’s ordinance banning so-called big-box stores.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Judge Roger Beauchesne rejected Wal-Mart's claim in a lawsuit that the ban on a 225-thousand square foot store illegally interfered with retail competition. In his ruling the judge said the city’s desire to prevent traffic jams and protect local grocery stores was reasonable and legal. City Manager Steven Kyte says Turlock is pleased with the ruling. He adds Wal-Mart is welcome to build a grocery store if it’s on a smaller scale. KYTE :10—We have said to Wal-Mart that if they would like to go head-to-head by building a 65-thousand square foot supermarket like the other providers in the community do, they’re very welcome to have at it. Spokesman Peter Kanelos says Wal-Mart hasn’t decided if it will pursue building a supercenter in Turlock. KANELOS :06—We are looking at all of our options and we’re going to figure out what the best possible options to serve our customers at a later date. A lawsuit filed by Wal-Mart challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance is still pending in federal court in Fresno. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.