W. Va. Judge Rejected Wal-Mart In Putnam County

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TEAS VALLEY, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia judge has rejected an effort to bring a Wal-Mart grocery store to Teays Valley.

The Putnam County Board of Zoning Appeals granted Wal-Mart a permit to build the market in July.

Circuit Judge John Cummings sided Friday with a group of residents who opposed the plan because they feared it would cause traffic and safety issues.

Wal-Mart must now re-apply for a permit if it still wants to build the store, which would have been about 43,000 square feet.

Jennifer Martone, a spokeswoman for a group that appealed the zoning board’s decision, said residents are relieved. She says that traffic is “already congested enough” and that the community didn’t want a store that big.