San Diego repeals limits on Walmart Supercenters

New York City -- The City Council of San Diego repealed strict limits on new retail supercenters Tuesday amid concerns over the cost of a ballot measure forced by a Walmart-led petition drive, the Associated Press reported.

The 7-1 vote came less than two months after the council required retailers such as Walmart to study how so-called "big-box" stores would affect the economy and traffic. Opponents of the measure said it amounted to a ban.

Wal-Mart Stores gathered more than 50,000 signatures after its setback in December to force a special election this year that would have cost taxpayers up to $3.4 million at a time when the nation's eighth-largest city is weighing severe spending cuts.

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