Northern California Community Limits Box Stores

The Stockton, Calif. City Council has voted to limit big box stores — a move opposed in council hearings by Wal-Mart Stores and supported by a labor coalition.

STOCKTON, Calif. — The City Council here has voted to limit big box stores — a move opposed in council hearings by Wal-Mart Stores and supported by a labor coalition. The law restricts stores exceeding 100,000 square feet of selling space that devote 10% or more of floor space to the sale of non-taxable items, though it excludes membership clubs or other retailers that charge an entry fee. Wal-Mart already operates a single supercenter here, and it had hoped to open two more, a council spokes

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