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Walmart yesterday announced that it has changed its mind, and has decided not to go to court to fight for its right to build a supercenter near a the Civil War battlefield, simply saying “it was the right thing to do.”

Preservationists have been fighting the Walmart building plans for some two years, despite the approval of the Walmart by local zoning officials.

According to the Associated Press, “Burt P. Flickinger III of Strategic Resource Group said it is rare for Wal-Mart to back away from a store once it has researched a location and settled on a site. But they may have wanted to avoid a continuing public relations hit at a time of disappointing sales and increased competition. ‘To the company's credit they decided to do something different,’ said Flickinger, who said he is a Wal-Mart shareholder.”
KC's View:
Discretion is the better part of valor.