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Wal-Mart pulls controversial Raytown proposal

Updated: 2013-06-15T16:35:40Z

By MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

Wal-Mart representatives informed Raytown city officials Friday that the retail giant was pulling its proposal to build a grocery store in the city’s downtown.

The plan had polarized the community, with some arguing that the development would be good for the city and others fearing it would hurt existing businesses. The Board of Aldermen voted 6-4 in a marathon meeting last month to relax zoning to accommodate the project, with some conditions.

Wal-Mart’s local attorney and real estate agent informed the city Friday morning that it was no longer interested, said Brenda Gustafson, spokeswoman for the city.

“We have not received anything in writing from Wal-Mart,” Gustafson said. “We expect to have something next week.”

The company had proposed to build a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on more than 4 acres at 6200 Blue Ridge Blvd.

Gustafson said Wal-Mart’s agents indicated there may still be a way for the city and the retailer to work something out.

Wal-Mart’s local attorney, Mark Bryant, could not be reached for comment.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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