Foes of a planned Wal-Mart grocery store in Chinatown filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city of Los Angeles seeking to bar the chain market from opening.
The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance L.A., working with the Southeast Asian Community Alliance, said the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board failed to review the Chinatown project before building permits were awarded for the planned supermarket. The nonprofit groups contend that a redevelopment vote was required and are seeking to have the building permits rescinded.
Construction is already under way at the store, which is scheduled to open later this year at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues. The market is being set up in the ground floor of an existing apartment building.
Wal-Mart critics have repeatedly tried to stop the project from moving forward. Two months ago, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointees on the Central Area Planning Commission approved the project on a 3-2 vote.