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Plan to replace Kmart with Wal-Mart causing controversy

Plan to replace Kmart with Wal-Mart causing controversy



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It could be the hottest issue before the Salt Lake City Council this fall: whether to approve Wal-Mart's plans for a superstore near Parley's Way and Foothill Drive.

The city council must approve a zoning change so Wal-Mart can replace the Kmart at 2705 E. Parleys Way with a 140,000-square-foot superstore.

"We want to make the right decisions, not only for the city, but for Wal-Mart and for the citizens who live there," said city councilman J.T. Martin.

Martin says residents don't want Wal-Mart as their new neighbor. "More traffic; I don't particularly care for Wal-Mart," one woman said.

Another woman says Wal-Mart is not the issue. She doesn't want a superstore. "I've been to everything that has been held, yes, and I have voiced my opposition," she said.

You can expect more council meetings before the showdown vote.

E-mail: tcallan@ksl.com

Tom Callan

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