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Court of Appeals clears the way for Wal-Mart

NIAGARA FALLS -- A State Court of Appeals ruling Monday cleared the way for construction to move forward on a new Wal-Mart Supercenter and Sam's Club on Military Road that had been delayed for more than four years by lawsuits that sought to stop the project.

The court denied an appeal by citizens who sought to reinstate a lawsuit against the city and its Planning Board that claimed the 500,000-square-foot shopping plaza at 1500 Military Road would negatively affect the area.

Wal-Mart spokesman Phil Serghini said the corporation plans to seek construction bids this summer. That process could take 30 to 45 days. Construction could take about a year, he said.

Benderson Development Co. first proposed building a shopping plaza with a Wal-Mart Supercenter and Sam's Club on Military Road in October 2002.

Serghini said the renovation of an existing Sam's Club on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara to remodel the store and expand its tire center is periodic store maintenance that does not impact the Military Road project.

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