Opponents of the Walmart planned on Georgia Avenue Northwest in the District have lost what some have called a "last ditch" appeal to stop the megastore development.

A group of six residents in the Brightwood neighborhood had filed an appeal with the Board of Zoning Adjustments in August, asking for the building permit to be revoked because the development violated parts of the area's comprehensive plan.

The 106,244-square-foot Walmart would have added a grocery store to a neighborhood already served by small businesses, the appeal said, and thereby stifle the growth of mom-and-pop shops.

Tuesday's rejection by the board brought quick applause from Walmart.

"Today's ruling not only allows work to continue but hopefully also serves as an end to the recent string of meritless attempts by a few people to block jobs, affordable groceries and economic development from coming to Ward 4," Walmart spokesman Steven Restivo said in a statement. "The vast majority of D.C. residents recognize the value Walmart stores can bring to communities and we look forward to continuing the conversation on our way to opening our first store in the city next year."