SUISUN CITY — It must be the luck of the Irish.
Walmart informed Suisun City officials Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, that the nationwide big-box retailer now plans to open the doors of its superstore in eastern Suisun City in March or April 2015.
“This is very, very exciting,” said Suisun City Manager Suzanne Bragdon.
It is also welcome news for Walmart supporters after the Suisun City Council was told in November that the retailer rebid its contract for the proposed supercenter after bids came back high because prospective contractors factored in a number of unknowns on the cost of construction, such as the effect the water table would have on how extensive a foundation was needed.
Suisun City had based the last several years of its budget strategy on seeing the store open in July, turning on the tap for a predicted $1.1 million in revenue from sales taxes, property taxes and community facility district fees.
City leaders had been making fiscal ends meet without making significant cuts in services until Walmart’s expected using money from land sales. The nine-month delay forced the city to dip into reserve funds for this year.
A groundbreaking date has not yet been set and city staff will be working with Walmart’s contractor on filling out a construction schedule.
“We will get that information out to the public when we get that information,” Bragdon said.
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