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With the help of a new Wal-Mart, Grundy, Va., is crossing into a new era after decades of an empty, flood-prone downtown that showed no sign of coming back to life. (Debra McCown/Special to the Washington Times)

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**FILE** United States Air Force Master Sgt. Matt Ditarando (center) talks Oct. 4, 2012, with Wal-Mart store manager Craig Edwards at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Associated Press/The Tampa Bay Times)

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**FILE** United States Air Force Master Sgt. Matt Ditarando (center) talks Oct. 4, 2012, with Wal-Mart store manager Craig Edwards at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Associated Press/The Tampa Bay Times)

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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2008, file photo, a shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2008, file photo, a shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

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The District plans to build 315,000 square feet of new stores, restaurants and housing at the site of the Skyland Town Center with Wal-Mart as an anchor tenant. “Who can’t wait for that to come here?” said Council member Yvette M. Alexander. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Wal-Mart in Little Rock, Ark., on Feb. 20, 2008. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Wal-Mart in Little Rock, Ark., on Feb. 20, 2008. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** This photo taken Nov. 14, 2011, shows the rain-soaked handle of a shopping cart outside the Wal-Mart store in Mayfield Hts. Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was given the formula became gravely ill with a suspected bacterial infection and died after being taken off life support, the retailer said Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

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Consumer activist Ralph Nader is urging Wal-Mart to raise its minimum wage to $12 per hour, contending it could boost the big-box retailer's bottom line. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

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Pitbull might be on his way Kodiak, Alaska, if thousands of Wal-Mart voters get their way. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets Monday with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is trying to keep foreign retailers such as Wal-Mart from entering the market. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets Monday with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is trying to keep foreign retailers such as Wal-Mart from entering the market. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Trader Stephen Holden (center) works with other traders at the post that handles Wal-Mart on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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** FILE ** Trader Stephen Holden (center) works with other traders at the post that handles Wal-Mart on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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** FILE ** This photo taken Nov. 14, 2011, shows the rain-soaked handle of a shopping cart outside the Wal-Mart store in Mayfield Hts. Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was given the formula became gravely ill with a suspected bacterial infection and died after being taken off life support, the retailer said Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

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Republican congressional hopeful Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher says his advisory team is made up of hardworking, beer-drinking, Wal-Mart-shopping "average Joes" rather than the Washington establishment or tea party. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Droplets of rain cover the handle of a shopping cart outside a Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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A San Leandro police officer, right, holds a bloody shirt as evidence is gathered at the scene of a shooting at Wal-Mart on Hesperian Boulevard, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in San Leandro, Calif. Gunfire rang out about 1:50 a.m. and a man was shot in a robbery attempt. Despite major injuries, police said he was in stable condition. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska

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"I do know it's important to people to have fresh produce at reasonable prices, but it's not enough to have workers that need health benefits. I'm hoping the D.C. government is willing to work to get Wal-mart to do the right thing." Andrea Walling, 67, Arlington, retired