Wal-Mart Battle Takes a Turn

March 12, 2012 -- Louisa Abada
Wal-Mart building

Wal-Mart has signed a lease for a 33,000 square foot space at 701 W. Cesar Chavez Ave. Plans call for a grocery store to open by 2013. Photo by Richard Guzman

Councilman Introduces Retail Ordinance That Some Believe Could Thwart Controversial Project

by Richard Guzman

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart’s effort to open a 33,000-square-foot grocery store on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Chinatown has hit a speed bump, with a City Councilman surprising many with a recent introduction of a retail-related motion.

Although the motion authored March 16 by First District Councilman Ed Reyes does not specifically mention Wal-Mart or any retailer, local observers and even Wal-Mart representatives say it could impact the Bentonville-Ark.-based company’s plan to open its first outpost in Downtown Los Angeles. Reyes denied that the motion, which is scheduled to go before the full City Council for a vote on Friday, March 23, is intended to target the proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

The motion calls for the City Attorney’s office and the city Planning Department to prepare an Interim Control Ordinance that would prohibit the issuance of demolition, building and all other permits for “New Formula Retail Uses” in Chinatown...Los Angeles Downton News