Wal-Mart, Menards approved for Mundelein, Ill.

The town of Mundelein, Ill., has approved a controversial plan to build a $90 million shopping center that will include a Wal-Mart and a Menards.

Village trustees approved the plan Monday by a 5-1 vote, although they made it clear that more work needs to be done with the Rubloff Development Group to satisfy concerns about the project's architectural design.

Mundelein Town Center is a 94-acre, 600,000-square-foot retail project to be built just west of the existing Mundelein Crossings mall near Ivanhoe.

Anchoring the mall will be a 160,000-square-foot Menards, a 204,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Super Center, and an 88,000-square-foot Kohl's. Also planned for the site are a Dick's Sporting Goods and an OfficeMax.

The project has been opposed by some local residents who say that such a mall is too big, and when coupled with the nearby Crossings mall will create traffic congestion in the area.

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