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1999 Wal-Mart's purchase of Federal Bank Centre is blocked by passage of Gramm-Leach-Bliley legislation prohibiting ownership of thrifts by commercial entities.

2001 Wal-Mart plans to offer banking at checkout lanes and open branches inside locations through partnership with Toronto-Dominion Bank. Office of Thrift Supervision blocks move, citing control issues.

2002 Retailer plans to acquire Franklin Bank in Orange County, Calif., and open six branches to provide traditional banking services. Blocked by state legislation.

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