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Chinatown Wal-Mart building plan faces appeal by LA community group

A Wal-Mart store is shown in this undated file photo.

March 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's an appeal in the works to try to stop Wal-Mart from building a store in Los Angeles' Chinatown neighborhood.

A spokesperson for Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy said the local community and small businesses will be disrupted by the large retailer's presence.

The chain obtained necessary permits to build a 33,000-square-foot store last week, one day before the City Council was due to vote on a building moratorium for large retail chains in Chinatown.

Wal-Mart says a handful of special interests are working to block jobs, economic development and shopping opportunities from coming to the downtown and Chinatown communities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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