"The news of Wal-Mart pulling out of the Ellisville project isn’t good news if the retail giant merely finds another West County municipality to fleece. It’s not good news if a marketable property on a high-traffic intersection stays vacant because one municipality wants to get out of the corporate welfare game.
But the Ellisville debacle can end up being a good-news story if it becomes a rallying cry for ending the feudalism that all too often defines St. Louis."Despite Walmart's announced plans to pull out of the project, a hearing is still set for September 24 where the city council is expected to move to revoke Walmart's conditional use permit. Next week, Patch will explore what happens next in the Walmart fight and what's next when it comes to business development.