WAL-MART’S APPEAL: Wal-Mart isn’t giving up on its bid to open an urban Supercenter near downtown Dallas. The world’s largest company was dealt a humbling setback on June 6 when the Dallas Plan Commission denied the $218 billion retailer a zoning change required before the radical two-story Supercenter can be built near Love Field Airport in the trendy Oak Lawn neighborhood. On Tuesday, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the chain has appealed the commission’s ruling and plans to take the matter before the Dallas City Council for a deciding vote sometime this fall, though the date hasn’t been confirmed. Opposing neighborhood groupsare expected to be out in force at the meeting.

SPLITSVILLE: Shares of Chico’s FAS split 2-for-1 Tuesday, its second split this year. The Fort Myers, Fla.-based specialty chain, which caters to women over 35, announced June 27 its intent to split the stock. As a result of the stock split, the number of outstanding shares of common stock will increase to about 82.4 million from approximately 41.2 million. Chico’s split 3-for-2 on Jan. 18. Chico’s shares closed at $17.70, down 34 cents, or 1.9 percent, in New York Stock Exchange trading Tuesday.

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