**FILE** The Wal-Mart in Landover Hills, Maryland, is seen here in 2010. (Joshua Goodwin via Wikipedia)
**FILE** The Wal-Mart in Landover Hills, Maryland, is seen here in 2010. (Joshua Goodwin via Wikipedia)

The Prince George George’s County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a Wal-Mart expansion in Landover Hills.

Vice Chairwoman Danielle Glaros (D-3) of Riverdale Park said the county’s planning board overstepped its authority in May when it approved the expansion.

A formal letter of council’s decision will be completed by Monday.

Wal-Mart sought to expand its current store at Capital Plaza by at least 35,000 square feet to add a grocery store and garden center.

“This is a testament of Prince George’s County residents coming together and vocalizing what they want for their community,” said Jennifer Dwyer of Bowie, one of several residents who helped lead the effort against the expansion.

Phillip Keene, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, said in an email Tuesday evening the company would’ve provided bus access, a new sidewalk and other improvements to the property had the plan gone through.

“We were ready to invest in the store and the community, so we’re pretty disappointed in today’s decision,” he said. “At this time, we are reviewing our options in terms of next steps.”

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