Walmart to Break Ground on Controversial Battlefield Supercenter

New store to be located several miles away from a Civil War battlefield

Monday, Jun 18, 2012  |  Updated 9:21 AM EDT
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Walmart to Break Ground on Controversial Store

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Walmart is preparing to break ground for a new Supercenter in Orange County, Va., that's expected to create about 300 jobs.

Tuesday's groundbreaking comes more than two years after preservationists went to court to challenge the company's original plan to build the store near the site of 1864's Battle of the Wilderness.

Walmart abandoned that plan on the eve of the lawsuit's trial. 

The new store will be located several miles away from the Civil War battlefield.

Walmart spokesman William Wertz tells the Free Lance-Star that a new store typically opens about a year after ground is broken.

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