Walmart decision to withdraw plan for Supercenter in Wilderness battlefield area brings stunning end to lawsuit

Walmart abruptly withdrew its plans yesterday for a Supercenter in the Wilderness battlefield area, leaving preservationists rejoicing, Orange County officials shocked and the retail giant looking for another site in the area.

The surprise announcement came yesterday morning as lawyers prepared to begin the second day of pre-trial hearings in a lawsuit challenging the county’s approval of special-use permit allowing Walmart to build on a 51.5-acre tract a quarter-mile north of the intersection of State Routes 3 and 20 and the entrance to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

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