Wal-Mart To Locate Near Va. Civil War Battlefield
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
NPR's business news begins with Wal-Mart's battlefield victory.
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MONTAGNE: When Wal-Mart decided to build a supercenter near one of the country's most important Civil War battlefields, a modern-day conflict loomed.
The Wilderness Battlefield in rural Virginia is where Robert E. Lee fought Ulysses Grant in a two-day battle that left nearly 30,000 soldiers dead.
Opposition to the Wal-Mart store was fierce. It came from state officials, historians and Civil War buffs who feared commercial sprawl would engulf the venerated site.
Now, after a long struggle, Wal-Mart has won approval to build. In the end, opponents of the store were defeated by those who favored the jobs, the tax revenue and the shopping that the store will bring to this rural area.
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