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JUDGE WEIGHS ARGUMENTS IN SUIT AGAINST WAL-MART

A judge reserved a decision Friday after lawyers presented arguments in a civil suit against the expansion of a Wal-Mart store.

Genesee County Judge Robert C. Noonan heard from lawyers for Batavia First and Wal-Mart. He gave no indication of when a decision would be handed down.

Batavia First, made up mostly of residents on nearby Lewiston Road, argue that the Town Board's approval of Wal-Mart's expansion failed to follow applicable laws, including an environmental assessment.

Wal-Mart would nearly double the size of its existing store and add a 24-hour supermarket. It projects adding 200 employees.

Batavia First contends the huge store would affect property values and increase traffic in an already busy retail area.

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