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• The Washington Post reports that a new Wal-Mart in Landover Hills there “doesn't sell alcohol or guns. It does have skylights to cut down on energy use. It does not operate 24 hours.”

While such conditions go against the grain for Wal-Mart, according to the Post the retailer was willing to make such concessions in order to be allowed to open its first store inside the Washington DC beltway, in Prince George’s County.

The Post also notes that “Wal-Mart spent nearly two years negotiating with residents and community groups to adopt nine standards covering what it can sell (no alcohol, guns or ammunition) and how the store would be built (an earth-tone façade and environmentally friendly). Wal-Mart also agreed to meet regularly with local leaders to check on the store's progress and address new problems.”

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart’s Asda Group plans to launch a new "made in the U.K." clothing line for its George line of apparel, a move that it hopes will appeal to local consumers. The move comes as Asda also has pledged “to put new country of origin labels in its entire range of George clothing within the next 12 months,” according to the WSJ.
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