Parks chief praises Walmart

The National Park Service’s chief is among those praising the world’s largest retailer for deciding not to build a Supercenter at the Wilderness.

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis reacted to Walmart’s abandonment of plans for a 143,000-square-foot store a cannon-shot from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

“Walmart has crafted a solution where battlefield resources and the visitor experience will be protected, while still providing for the commercial needs of Orange,” he said. “This is the end of three years of controversy and, hopefully, a new beginning for cooperative preservation.”

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