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WalMart gets extra 90 days to buy Canton SuperCenter land

Radio reports and rumors have it that Canton’s WalMart SuperCenter is a dead deal.

A delay has occurred in the purchase of the land for the store, but plans for the SuperCenter are still very much alive, says Tim Coursey, executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority.

Coursey’s agency owns the 18 acres on Feather Lane facing Interstate-55 on which WalMart wants to put the store.

The Bentonville, Ark., retail giant received a 90-day extension two weeks ago on a purchase contract for the store site. “They had details to work out with the architects,” he says.

Unconfirmed reports were that the trumpeting of the store’s construction plans by Canton city officials before the retailer had fully committed irritated WalMart to the point it dropped plans for the store. “That’s not true,” said Coursey, who notes WalMart had a half dozen representatives at the April event announcing plans for the store.

WalMart’s Bentonville, Ark., headquarters did not respond to a request for comment.

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