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Wal-Mart Debate Turns Bitter In Saranac Lake

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Over the last two years, Wal-Mart has made a major push into northern New York. New stores are slated for Lowville and Malone. Another store planned for Potsdam sparked a lawsuit earlier this month by Wal-Mart opponents. Now, locals in Saranac Lake are reacting to rumors that the company hopes to build a new Wal-Mart on the outskirts of the village. Local officials have moved to re-zone a ten-acre parcel of village-owned land so that it could be sold for commercial use. Part of the development would also sit on private land. People with doubts about the big box retailer crowded a Village council meeting last night. In a straw poll taken by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, fifty-two percent of readers were in favor of Wal-Mart. Forty-seven percent were opposed. Editor Peter Crowley spoke with Brian Mann about the heated Wal-Mart debate.

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