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Ellisville Rejects Permit Extension for Walmart

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Business owners in favor of Walmart outnumber opponents at an Ellisville council meeting August 21, 2013.  (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Business owners in favor of Walmart outnumber opponents at an Ellisville council meeting August 21, 2013. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – Ellisville business owners brought the pressure, but Ellisville council members still shutdown Walmart’s request for an extension on their conditional use permit Wednesday night.

It’s a move that very likely could doom the controversial store.

Before council members tied with a 3-3 vote, a business owner pleaded his case.

“Ellisville is dying. We need traffic, we need new restaurants, we need businesses,” he said.

If Walmart doesn’t get all the necessary permits and property squared away by September 5th, they’ll have to reapply and get re-approval from the City Council.

But Walmart spokesman Chris Neeley says reports of the development’s death are greatly exaggerated:

“We still have a couple of weeks to continue to work the permit side, and continue to more forward with the project.”

After the meeting, Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul told KMOX he is tired of being bullied by Walmart and its developers.

“I have no problems writing a letter to the FBI, similar to what Chief Fitch did,” Paul said. “I can’t have or be worried about getting sued and being bullied into voting.”

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