EL CAJON, CA-The City Council in this East County city has approved plans for a two-story Wal-Mart near the Regal Cinema.

Mall owner Westfield America Inc. will build a 178,000-sf building in a project valued at $30 million. Wal-Mart will lease all but 18,000 sf of additional shops, to be attached to the mall.

Wal-Mart and Westfield officials said the discount store should open in about 18 months following this week’s approval of the deal.

However, Wal-Mart must first receive the unanimous consent of mall anchors J.C. Penney, Mervyn’s, Robinsons-May and Sears.