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Suisun assures residents Walmart still on the way

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From page A3 | June 20, 2013 |

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City officials are assuring residents that, despite the recent lack of activity at the site of the proposed Walmart Superstore at Walters Road and Highway 12, the retail outlet is on track to be built and open in 2014.

The concern was voiced at a recent Suisun City Council meeting when council members said they fielded some phone calls from residents who watched the site preparation work earlier this year, but then saw no activity.

Walmart’s construction documents are being checked by city staff and are expected to be approved next week, according to Suisun City Building and Public Works Director Dan Kasperson. Walmart will then be expected to solicit for a contractor to build the project and award the contract in the next month.

Construction will start shortly thereafter, Kasperson said.

Rough grading and building pad preparation was completed earlier this spring, as well as diversion of the drainage ditch on the site into an underground storm drain. The site has also been hydroseeded to keep down dust and to stabilize the ground.

Suisun City has been betting its financial future on Walmart for more than six years, fighting off legal attacks from opponents to the national retailer. Once completed, the city expects to make about $1.1 million a year in sales taxes from the superstore.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • Rich GiddensJune 20, 2013 - 8:01 am

    Its a fantasy-land belief for Susun City to expect they will receive $1,100,000 a year in tax revenue from the neighborhood Wally World traffic, crime, blight, noise and nuisance generation super center. At least all the neighborhood no-gooders will now have a place to shoplift and hang out at.

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  • ClancyJune 20, 2013 - 10:46 am

    It would be nice if this new Wal-Mart could do a better job of keeping items in stock. Fairfield Wal-Mart is constantly out of stock of everyday items. Every time I go there is at least one thing they do not have and I have to go somewhere else to get it making me wonder if I just should not start shopping somewhere else. Hey, maybe one of the Daily Republic reporters could find out why this happens so often at Wal-Mart. I know I am not the only customer to experience this. Maybe we could also find out why there are so many closed check stands closed while long lines. So Annoying!!

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  • George Guynn, JrJune 20, 2013 - 10:50 am

    So, let me get this straight. The Suisun Wal-Mart is supposed to generate $1.1 million in sales tax. Well, the old Wal-Mart in Fairfield generated $400K and the present one was supposed to generate $600K. So, if Fairfield's Wal-Mart can't do $1.1 million, how is the Suisun store going to do it with less population and the Fairfield store to compete against? The Fairfield Store numbers are for no competition from a nearby Suisun store! Shame on the DR for buying into this bogus propaganda from Suisun City's constant effort to steal and waste taxpayer money. How come they can not fix the streets, maintain the landscape or do other things to maintain the existing infrastructure? Could it be because they are always seeking new development or other projects that don't pay for themselves and constantly need more taxpayer money to support?

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  • Wally MartinJune 20, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Anyone who is worried about the delayed opening of an overrated big box store needs to get a life. Sorry, but this store's opening is not going to make our miserable lives better.

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