LA QUINTA, Calif. -- In an ironic confluence of events, Wal-Mart Stores is scheduled to open its first California supercenter here Wednesday, just as the Southern California strike-lockout -- inspired in large part by Wal-Mart's pending entry -- appeared to be winding down last week. The 225,000-square-foot store will operate in this upscale desert community, located approximately 130 miles east of Los Angeles, 60 miles east of San Bernardino and 20 miles east of Palm Springs. The ...

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