Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Walmart Drops Wilderness Battlefield Development Plan

Walmart Drops Wilderness Plan

Good News in Battlefield Preservation From The Civil War Trust:

"In an unexpected development on the day that a trial was scheduled to begin in the case, Walmart announced that it has abandoned plans to pursue a special use permit previously awarded to the retail giant for construction of a super center on the Wilderness Battlefield.

“We are pleased with Walmart’s decision to abandon plans to build a super center on the Wilderness battlefield,” remarked James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust. “We have long believed that Walmart would ultimately recognize that it is in the best interests of all concerned to move their intended store away from the battlefield. We applaud Walmart officials for putting the interests of historic preservation first. Sam Walton would be proud of this decision.”

For more information: CWT website

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