Walmart pulls permits for Chinatown
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Councilman Ed Reyes's motion to ban chain retail stores from Chinatown on Friday.
The ban appears too late to stop the recently announced Walmart Neighborhood Mart coming to Chinatown. The 13-0 vote came after a city building and safety department representative told the council that Walmart had obtained building permits to begin construction. Reyes, who represents the historic Chinatown neighborhood, said on the floor that he learned about the permits Thursday evening.
Reyes spokesman Tony Perez told the Huffington Post he doesn't think the ban will apply to the Walmart. Councilman Paul Krekorian's spokesman expressed the same thought.
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