WAL-MART WIN: Wal-Mart has won permission to build a Supercenter in Rosemead, Calif., about 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The City Council this week approved the project in a 5 to 0 vote. Opponents said they will campaign to recall the entire council. Rosemead and Wal-Mart officials said the store, which is intended to open within two years, would generate $600,000 in annual sales tax receipts for the city and create 300 jobs. Opponents say that Wal-Mart, which wants to build 40 Supercenters in California over the next four years, will damage small businesses. The world’s largest retailer has faced tough opposition in California, particularly in Los Angeles County where Inglewood voters in March rejected a proposed Supercenter, citing increased traffic, environmental damage and depressed wages. California’s first Wal-Mart Supercenter opened this spring in the desert town of La Quinta, and locations in Stockton and Hemet are to debut next month.

This story first appeared in the September 10, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.