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Council Postpones Decision on Wal-Mart

Council Postpones Decision on Wal-Mart

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(KSL News) A war of words over Wal -Mart, as residents in Sandy speak out over the proposal of yet another store near their city.

"It is very sad and I wish people would realize, if you go to Wal-Mart for everything, the only thing you're going to have left is Wal-Mart."

A city council meeting lasted well into the night, as citizens weighed in on Wal-Mart.

The meeting ended at midnight with the council voting to table the issue for another two weeks.

Over the next two weeks, the council hopes to conduct more research through a survey with Dan Jones before making a decision.

But, everyone on the council hopes they can come to a conclusion soon.

Dan Potts/ Chair, Sandy City Council: "It's a very emotional issue. It's one that we've had a lot of citizens' input, and I understand both sides. But, it's one that I hope we can bring to a conclusion soon, and move forward."

The proposed site for the new Wal-Mart is a gravel pit in Sandy. And, those who spoke out were interested in using the space for other purposes -- everything from a park to a soccer complex.

Many said there are already plenty of big box retailers in the area and they don't need another one.

There are four Wal -Marts within a 10 mile drive, in Midvale, Salt Lake, Murray, and West Jordan.

If the council does choose to let Wal-Mart build, the gravel pit must be rezoned for commercial use.

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