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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For decades, El Encanto Estates residents have enjoyed tranquillity in the middle of the city.

"It's urban, but we've loved because it's also peaceful," said El Canto resident Chris Tanz.

But they were worried when Walmart wanted to be their neighbor.  The store would have been open 24 hours, sold alcohol, firearms, and ammunition.

"It would have a completely different impact on the neighborhoods here," Tanz said.

The neighborhoods won a victory  when the city council opposed a liquor license for the store, and the state liquor board rejected it.  They have now struck a bargain: if the store agrees to not sell guns and ammunition for thirty years,  and restricts its hours, they will withdraw their opposition to it selling beer and wine.  The store will wait at least two years before applying to sell hard liquor.   El Con Walmart goes back to the liquor board on Thursday.

"We are pleased with the agreement reached with the neighborhood associations and look forward to opening the new Walmart at El Con Mall on September 11th at 7:30 a.m..  The store will be open to customers daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with extended hours during the holiday season.  We are excited to be part of the revitalization of El Con Mall and the vision for a vibrant Mid-town economy," said Delia Garcia, a Walmart representative.

"I feel hopeful that they'll stick to it," Tanz said.

The city council unanimously agreed to rescind opposition to Walmart's liquor license.

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The new Walmart at El Con opens with a ribbon cutting Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

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