NEWS WATCH: MD. COUNTY ADOPTS BIG-BOX ZONING RESTRICTIONS...CALIF. TO INVESTIGATE WAL-MART HEALTH COVERAGE...HANNAFORD GETS FTC CLEARANCE FOR VICTORY BUY

MD. COUNTY ADOPTS BIG-BOX ZONING RESTRICTIONSCounty Council voted 7-0 to adopt zoning rules that would allow retail stores selling groceries and pharmacy and that are larger than 120,000 square feet to locate only in specific commercial zones and with a special permit. The amendment, supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers union and by Landover, Md.-based supermarket chain Giant Food,

MD. COUNTY ADOPTS BIG-BOX ZONING RESTRICTIONS

County Council voted 7-0 to adopt zoning rules that would allow retail stores selling groceries and pharmacy and that are larger than 120,000 square feet to locate only in specific commercial zones and with a special permit. The amendment, supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers union and by Landover, Md.-based supermarket chain Giant Food, was opposed by Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., which felt the restrictions unfa

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