When Dawnelle Hanson heard Wal-Mart was going to expand over her bridal shop, she made other plans.

Elegant Brides had survived 15 years in Cottonwood Mall, despite being on the inside and “difficult to find.”

In February, Hanson signed a lease for new construction in the Meridian Place shopping center on Illinois 157, with a larger, glass-fronted shop.

Now that Wal-Mart has decided not to expand into a supercenter, Dawnelle Hanson and her husband, Steve Hanson, are still moving. In fact, they plan to open Dec. 26 in the new shop at 2117 S. State Route 157 in Edwardsville.

“It was a good decision to make a move yesterday, and it’s still a good decision today,” Steve Hanson said. “This space will become something else, no doubt.”

Wal-Mart’s decision was announced Monday. It follows months of debate of whether the store should be allowed to expand. In June, the Village Board approved the expansion plans, and in August, a lawsuit was filed to stop the project.

Some residents cheered Wal-Mart’s decision, announced Monday, not to expand its Glen Carbon store into a supercenter.

Members of the GlenEd Citizens for Fair Growth said they were “victorious” in their efforts — including a lawsuit — to prevent the expansion.

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