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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 5:26 pm | Updated: 2:15 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Wal-Mart shelved its plans for one of its Neighborhood Market stores at Warner and McQueen roads on the Gilbert-Chandler border.

Delia Garcia, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, said the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer announced in June 2007 it would scale back growth plans.

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"This is just part of that initial announcement two years ago," she said, adding the store was deemed unnecessary.

"We think that ... our presence in that area is sufficient at this time, so we're not moving forward with that site," Garcia said.

Chandler City Councilman Bob Caccamo said he thinks Wal-Mart's departure was a smart move, adding there are enough grocery amenities in the area.

"I've watched things in Chandler now for over thirty years and seen supermarkets go on three corners of an intersection and you new it was only going to be for so long," he said.

Caccamo added the problem with that much saturation is eventually stores started closing.

"Then you had an anchor - a big box anchor - for a shopping center leave and the shopping center would wilt away," he said. "We really don't want to see that."

That's what happened just across the intersection from the defunct Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Gilbert's side of the border. An ABCO Foods grocery store that closed years ago at the northeast corner of McQueen and Warner was eventually filled by a Goodwill Store & Donation Center to the chagrin of surrounding residents.

Prior to the Goodwill store's opening in summer 2005, residents of the nearby Islands subdivision in Gilbert circulated petitions and started an e-mail campaign to mobilize their neighbors to oppose the store.

Garcia said Wal-Mart owns the land where the Neighborhood Market was supposed to open. The company will sell the land, she said.

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