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CHANDLER, AZ-Wal-Mart’s efforts to site a “supercenter” in this fast-growing southeast suburb was quashed yet again when Chandler City Council denied developer Continental Properties’ request to rezone the retailer’s Arizona Avenue and Willis Road site.

Continental’s attorney Robert Pew had asked for a waiver for the property that would override the city’s big box ordinance requiring large retail outlets to be located 1,500 feet or more from surrounding homes. Wal-Mart wants to build a 203,000-sf store on the site. A second location, east of the Arizona Avenue location, also is under consideration for the project.

Wal-Mart, though, did get the go-ahead to locate a Neighborhood Market in the area at Queen Creek and Alma School roads. That project, which will be part of a 20-acre development by Vestar, won council’s backing, minus the drive-through pharmacy component. The retail giant has been battling for more than two years to locate a store in the city.

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