The "big box" ordinance stated that any store of more than 150,000 square feet could not devote more than 7.5 percent of floor space to non-taxable items.
A Super Wal-Mart, by design of the Bentonville, Ark.-based company, is usually close to 200,000 square feet and devotes more than 7.5 percent of space to non-taxable items, the majority of which are grocery items.
On Tuesday, Calexico Wal-Mart Manager Phil Aubry indicated the store won't be expanding soon.
Wal-Mart had the right to call for a special election in no less than 88 days after its petition was authorized, but waived that right because there are no immediate plans for expansion.
The referendum was authorized when City Clerk Lourdes Cordova determined Wal-Mart supporters gathered more than 1,400 signatures of registered Calexico voters in favor of overturning the "big box" ordinance.
Mayor Victor Carrillo thanked Wal-Mart for waiving the right for a special election because it saved the city the $20,000 it would have cost to hold an election.
Supporters of a Super Wal-Mart and those who think the store is big enough said they support an election to decide the matter.
The audience that filled City Hall to capacity was largely made up of grocery worker union representatives from San Diego, Orange County and the Imperial Valley, Wal-Mart employees and supporters of Calexico's downtown stores.
They cheered and clapped following the council's decision.
"I congratulate the City Council. Tonight, democracy has been displayed in its perfection," said Joe Moreno, manager of Apple Market-Super Shopping in downtown Calexico.
Moreno and Aubry exemplified the cheery spirit and tone of what had been labeled "Black Tuesday II" by laughing and talking together after a recess was called.
After the recess, supporters of both sides started to file out, shaking hands and smiling.
The march of union reps and Calexico residents that preceded the City Council meeting was one-third the size of the previous march.
Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.