York Approves Super Wal-Mart

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York's City Council did something other councils in Seward, Papillion and other communities failed to do. It has given quick and unanimous approval for a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter to locate there.

Weeks after turmoil in Seward and Papillion over the same issue, the York City Council Thursday night used a series of 7-0 votes to clear the way for a supercenter three miles south of downtown.

Construction of a 139,000 square foot building will probably begin in late spring or early summer.

York City Council President Chuck Harris says his body has been very diligent in seeking input on the supercenter idea and all the pressure on him has been to support it.

York Councilman Jim Bellows says he did not pick up on any strong anti-Wal-Mart sentiment in his discussions with downtown retailers. He says they believed their customers would some see them anyway.