CHICAGO Orders for more store fixtures and retail wood interior build outs will result as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. won approval yesterday for a Chicago expansion. The zoning approval allows for a 145,000 square foot store, to be followed "by a dozen more stores" in Chicago, says the retail giant. The agreement is expected to trigger similar expansions in Detroit, Baltimore and New York City, according to reports.

Walmart had been trying unsuccessfully for years to win approval to open the store, its second within Chicago city limits. It won approval this time by enlarging the scale of its proposal, committing to open several dozen Walmarts of varying sizes, ranging from 80,000 square feet and up, in a project expected to create 2,000 construction jobs over several years. The first store will be completed in 2012.  

Wal-Mart Stores' expansion is among several opportunities for wood interiors projects. >>  

Rich Christianson was reporting on Wal-Mart in 2006.>>

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