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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Gray’s message to Wal-Mart

The District government’s trip to Vegas for this year’s International Council of Shopping Centers annual conference is in the books -- but the city’s leaders aren’t holding to the overplayed maxim regarding what happens there. The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell has the big scoop this morning: Mayor Vince Gray informed representatives from Walmart during the conference that if they won’t build an anchor store at the long-vacant Skyland Town Center, they can forget about building the other four stores they’ve planned inside the District.

In an interview, Gray told O’Connell that without a Big Blue Box at Skyland, he’d roadblock two of Walmart’s other stores which would be built on D.C.-owned property and fiddle with the permitting process for the other two:

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