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Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. won a rare victory after State of Mexico The State of México (often abbreviated to "Edomex" from Estado de México in Spanish) is a state in the center of the nation of Mexico. The State's capital is the city of Toluca.  officials and an international preservation group said no damage would be caused by building a discount store less than a mile from the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan.

The announcement struck a blow to opponents who had vowed to block the store, claiming it would intrude intrude,
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 upon and damage the archaeological site, the Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
Associated Press (AP)

Cooperative news agency, the oldest and largest in the U.S. and long the largest in the world.
 reported.

"The project in question does not damage the conservation of archaeological remains, nor the integrity, environmental or cultural values of the archaeological zone," according to according to
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

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 the report by the Mexico chapter of Icomos, the Paris-based International Council On Monuments and Sites The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a professional association that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world. .

The report did recommend several measures--including the use of non-reflective roofing materials, perimeter walls and trees to further hide Wal-Mart's massive "Bodega bo·de·ga  
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1. A small grocery store, sometimes combined with a wineshop, in certain Hispanic communities.

2. A warehouse for the storage of wine.
 Aurrera" store.

Icomos--an oversight body which helps monitor U.N. World Heritage Sites like Teotihuacan--denied claims the store would ruin the view from the top of the pyramids, which are nearly a mile away.

Mexican authorities "have set a series of conditions so that the store will not affect the view from the archaeological site," the report said.

Icomos also criticized local officials in San Juan San Juan, city, Argentina
San Juan (săn wän, Span. sän hwän), city (1991 pop. 353,476), capital of San Juan prov., W Argentina. It is a commercial and industrial center in an agricultural region.
 Teotihuacan, the town built starting in the 17th century next to the ruins, for rushing to grant initial building permits without first consulting archaeologists. But it described the scant remains found on site--a small stone platform--as relatively unimportant, "modest ... and extremely decayed," and recommended they be reburied to prevent further deterioration.

Wal-Mart, Mexico's largest retailer, was pleased at the news, which came after weeks of sometimes threatening protests at the site.

Officials of the State of Mexico, where the ruins are located, had initially hinted they might seek an alternative site for the store.

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But they admitted there was no way to stop it, because the company had all necessary permits--even though the firm initially started construction without a government-mandated archaeologist.

The 2,000-year-old ruins in a valley north of Mexico City Mexico City
 Spanish Ciudad de México

City (pop., 2000: city, 8,605,239; 2003 metro. area est., 18,660,000), capital of Mexico. Located at an elevation of 7,350 ft (2,240 m), it is officially coterminous with the Federal District, which occupies 571 sq mi
 were built by a little-known culture whose very name is unknown. Teotihuacan was abandoned hundreds of years before the Spaniards arrived.
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