Stopping Walmart from coming to Chinatown or Africatown

L.A. to seek ban on WalMart and other retail chains in Chinatown.

The proposal, going before council vote on Friday, proposes a temporary ordinance to bar the city from granting building, demolition and other permits to “formula retail” stores, defined as retailers that operate stores with standardized merchandise, decor, color scheme, facades, uniforms or signage.

The proposal comes on the heels of Wal-Mart’s announcing plans to open a 33,000-square-foot grocery store at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues. Wal-Mart said it has secured some but not all of the building permits it needed to start work on the store this summer.

“It’s clear that this action has nothing to do with the needs of the district and everything to do with serving outside interests,” Wal-Mart spokesman Steven Restivo said of the move by Reyes. “It speaks volumes that the community was not consulted in the writing of the motion.”

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