Wal-Mart Plans SuperCenter with Smaller Grocery in Turlock

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 11, 2005
Turlock officials hoped their legal battles with Wal-Mart were over after a ruling last December by a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge. The decision upheld a city ordinance that put constraints on big box stores by limiting the amount of space allowed for groceries. But the Arkansas-based retail giant has filed a formal application to build a 225-thousand square foot store that includes a grocery section. Turlock Planning Manager Michael Cooke concedes WalMart could obtain a construction permit if it cuts the size of its grocery section. COOKE :10—If they stayed under the five percent limit, which on a 200-thousand square foot store would be about ten to twelve thousand square feet, they could possibly build a form of Supercenter in Turlock.   Wal-Mart hasn’t yet decided how much space will be devoted to groceries in its proposal for the Turlock store. A spokesman says the company is appealing the Stanislaus County court decision and is still pursuing a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Turlock ordinance. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.