Associated Press Published

Wal-Mart Cancels Plans for Store in Teays Valley

Putnam County

Wal-Mart has made an independent decision to scrap plans for a previously proposed Neighborhood Market in Teays Valley.

Media outlets report the decision comes less than one week after Putnam County Circuit Judge John Cummings overturned a county zoning decision that would have allowed Wal-Mart to build the smaller retail location along W.Va. 34.

Nearby homeowners and members of the community have adamantly opposed the proposed store since April, citing concerns over traffic and property values.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield says the company’s decision to cease planning for the store isn’t linked to Cummings’ opinion, calling it an “unrelated business decision.”

Hartfield didn’t respond to a question from the Charleston Gazette-Mail asking if Wal-Mart has plans to build stores in other regions of Southern West Virginia.