Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wal-Mart Case to Be Heard by Appellate Court

It seems a Wal-Mart case will be heard in the Washington Division III Court of Appeals in Spokane next month.

Unfortunately, it's not for the proposed Pullman Wal-Mart Supercenter.

If you remember, late last year, a judge in Chelan ruled that the excavation and building permits issued to the Wal-Mart there were invalid. This was three weeks before the store was planned to open. The case made national news and Wal-Mart haters everywhere, including the PARDners, joyously salivated at the prospect that a Wal-Mart might actually be torn down.

Of course, nothing of the kind happened. The store was allowed to open as scheduled and Chelan has not been destroyed as predicted (with much less media coverage.) The city of Chelan has since remedied the zoning glitch through a Hearing Examiner. Now, the city and Wal-Mart have appealed the judge's original decision declaring the excavation and building permits invalid.

As far as Pullman goes, hang in there. There is much reason for optimism.

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