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Ceremony set to break ground for Suisun City Walmart

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Construction crews work on dewatering the site of the future Walmart, on Peterson Road in Suisun City on Monday. Crews are digging wells to drain groundwater from the soil, so construction on the structure can begin. The groundbreaking for the store is being held Thursday, at the site. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page B9 | April 23, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — A longtime dream takes another step toward reality Thursday when ground is broken for the Suisun City Walmart.

“We can’t wait,” said Suzanne Bragdon, city manager.

Bragdon, the City Council and Suisun City residents have waited for several years.

An application was filed in 2005 with the Suisun City Community Development Department for a Walmart super center. The development was approved in 2008.

Challenges followed, and the project was in limbo.

A sign was placed on the store site in September 2012, facing Peterson Road. The plan was for the store to open in July 2014. That was delayed when bids were too high, because prospective contractors factored in a number of unknown costs. The project went out to bid again in November 2013.

The tipping point was the $2.4 million check from Walmart for fees.

“That was the icing on the cake,” Bragdon said.

Councilwoman Lori Wilson said she is excited about the sales tax revenue the retail giant will bring to city coffers. Once opened, it’s predicted the city will see an additional $1.1 million annually.

“We need that,” Wilson said.

A portion of that money helps fund basic city services such as police, fire, parks and community services.

The 177,535-square-foot store is at Walters Road and Highway 12. It will be open 24 hours a day and is expected to employ about 300 people.

Wilson said she hopes to see some of those jobs go to local youth. When the Great Recession hit, many entry-level jobs went to adults who had lost their employment, she said. Wilson has heard from opponents of the store. She tells them to remember what it’s bringing to the city in terms of revenue and employment.

“When you don’t have a robust economy, Walmart has a purpose,” she said.

The city has been betting its financial future on Walmart for more than six years.

The store should open in March or April 2015 and will include a full line of groceries, general merchandise, electronics and an outdoor garden center.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. at Peterson and Fulmar roads.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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  • Rich GiddensApril 21, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    You're going to need that money. Believe me, you're going to need it so don't spend it.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 21, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    BOYCOTT THE NEIGHBORHOOD DESTROYING THUG ENABLING COLOSSUS OF WALMART IN SEWER SOON CITY.

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  • archieApril 22, 2014 - 5:22 am

    Awesome,,,,,, yet another place where you can score a great deal on something you probably don't need.

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 22, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Archie, you are right. Most people don't need food and clothing,

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  • archieApril 22, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    i know, my post was an easy target but you know what I meant mr. practical,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 98% BS things to purchase. no pun intended on target

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  • CD BrooksApril 22, 2014 - 6:09 am

    This is terrible news. I think the Fairfield store will still do well, but I was hoping good sense might prevail and another grocery store would be built there.

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  • S KApril 22, 2014 - 7:01 am

    I agree CD, would prefer something like a Winco, Food Max, or even another Grocery Outlet, our shopping place, but I was for this from the beginning and still look forward to it, It still does not make sense to me though, Fairfield having that Super WalMart so nearby. One of them will end up becoming a KMart>>LOL. One good thing is that it will have a grocery store, which I find the Fairfield one priced well. I certainly hope that this one has an auto center. It is a PIA that the Fairfield one does not. I won't even consider going to Vacaville's for tires and such.

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  • TylerApril 22, 2014 - 6:40 am

    I think the new store will be busy from day one if the clientele is even marginally less rude and scary than the shoppers at the FF store. A lot of FF shoppers already go to another town's WalMart to avoid the FF store.

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  • HateWalmartApril 22, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Good! Move some of the trash that shops on the North Texas Walmart to Suisun!. Disgusting place to shop!! Along with disgusting people!!.

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  • BeeboApril 22, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Now all we need is about 1000 section 8 apartments to move into the area, and Suisun is all set. There is nothing like a WalMart to come into the area to stimulate the economy and class things up a bit.

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  • clancyApril 22, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Wonder if they will always be out of something I need or have big empty space s for months on end where a product belongs or 10 to 15 registers with only a few open with long lines and employees telling customers they have to clock out or they will get in trouble. I know we shop there because the prices are low but if er have yo make trips to other stores to complete our shopping and the wasted time in long lines is it really worth it? Clearly wal mart knows people will shop there do they do not care to try and make it a pleasant shopping experience. I would much rather had a Winco. So I will still be shopping vacaville

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  • JBDragonApril 22, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    Sometimes it's worth paying a little more for better service and whatnot! I rarely go to wal-mart, but when you don't have a lot of money, what do you expect people to do, do hungry or shop at wal-mart? Personally I think it's a little close to Fairfield, but they seem to think it'll be fine. Free market at work. I remember Vallejo losing its wal-mart and lost a huge amount of tax money, and people were fighting against a new one. Now there's a new Wal-Mart in town. I bet Vallejo likes al the money coming in now. A bunch of closed businesses don't bring in tax dollars.

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 22, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    JB, good common sense comments.

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  • clancyApril 22, 2014 - 9:46 am

    I live in the area of Pintail/ Emperor Drive. I certianly hope they won't be shutting off our power or water or digging up the streets to build this was mart!!

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 22, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    Let's say you have ten cops who retire at 75 percent pay. And let's say they each had a base salary of $147,000 per year. 147000 x 10 x .75 = 1.10 million dollars. Those ten retirees just ate up all of that Walmart tax revenue. So when do the "leaders" from the President to City Councilpersons take a serious look at the cost of public pensions?

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  • JagApril 22, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    When the voters wise up and put people who think like you into office

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  • HuckleberryApril 22, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    Walmart is being asked to compensate the 2500 injured workers and 1138 deceased Bangledesh workers due to the ceiling falling on them in the rundown factory they worked in making clothes for Walmart. The wages were $125 per month and the company contracted by Walmart is New Wave Style. I must congratulate Suzanne Bragdon for promoting a company that only cares about bottomline dollars and has gone overseas to exploit the workers in other countries. Ms Bragdon should be very proud. So all you have to do is look at Walmart if you want to know where all the manufacturing jobs are going.

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 23, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Huckleberry, that logic is flawed. Walmart's participation in Bangladesh is a drop in the bucket. The Gap, JC Penny, Benneton and others also use Bangladesh contractors. The European Union and Canada contract for over 60% of Bangladesh's apparel exports. So if your going to blame Suisun's city manager, you also need to extend that criticism to virtually every city leader in the US, Canada and Europe.

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  • Baby makes his blue jeans talk...April 23, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iYpboTjtoQ

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  • If this is really bothering you...April 23, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    All you have to say is " Jean please stop ".

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  • 2realApril 22, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Walmart in suisun? Dumbest idea ive heard in a while! Shoulda built a high school. Theres a walmart supercenter 5 miles away in fairfield. These things are like mcdonalds , they are everywhere. Bad idea suisun. Fix the pot holes first!

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  • RobertApril 23, 2014 - 1:49 am

    It's a good idea and very convenient to the city and it's people, but the location is bad. It should be somewhere far where loiters won't travel into the nearby neighborhoods causing trouble. But Suisun PD is pretty tough and I really do hope they post patrolmen around that area to respond quick to any situations. Last thing I want is punk teens leaving trash and shopping carts, breaking windows in cars, and causing drama and fights in the streets and most of all what I don't want to see is crime.

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  • Mayor SanchezApril 23, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    We expect $2,000 in taxes per day from this super store ( sales taxes and property taxes). That goes to our General Fund which can be used to fix the streets, provide police and fire protection, Maintain city properties and provide services. It's good to finally have sales tax source and provide employment to locals. Cheaper prices too. Remember that Suisun City has 1% lower sales tax.

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 23, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Dear Mayor Sanchez: The $2000 per day you suggest in tax revenue is surely a windfall. If you carefully examine my previous comment the $2000 per day will provide for the pensions of about 6.6 of those cops on your city's pension payroll. What happens when the other 3.4 cops get upset because the current Walmart tax revenue will not pay them the proper retirement benefits?? They are packing heat if you know what that means. Legally! So when are you and your fellow mayors and city councilmen and county supervisors and State Senators and State Assemblymen and Governors and Congresspersons and Senators and Presidents gonna' deal with this government pension problem?????

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  • Rich GiddensApril 23, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Don't spend that Money Sanchez-----your court papers will be served shortly.

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  • Next DoorApril 23, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Hopefully, this wal-mart is better than fairfield's. Fairfield is the worst wal-mart ever with their slow clerks, bad service and they don't even have half the basic food stuff I need. Their meat is pricey and I can get same thing cheaper at Raley's!

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