That’s the headline on the front page of this week’s Chronicle.
In the story on page 7, the developer is quoted as saying everything is on track and that Lowe’s is now set to open in May of 2009 and Walmart in September or October of 2009.
This is a curious definition of “on track.”
In the February 13, 2008 Chronicle the headlines announced that Paddocks was “full steam ahead” with a target opening date for Lowes and Walmart of December 1, 2008.
And the City Manager made a big deal of announcing that this year’s City budget had NOT included anticipated sales tax dollars from the opening of Lowes or Walmart. Which turns out to have been a good thing. The City’s current budget year ends on June 30, 2009. If there had not been talk/speculation/announcements about opening Lowes and Walmart by Christmas of 2008 (or early in 2009), then there would have been no reason for the City to have even considered including projections of the sales tax revenue that would be generated.
So, it’s pretty clear that the initial opening dates for Lowe’s and Walmart have changed. They were originally scheduled to open by December of 2008. Now, it appears that they will open in 2009, with Walmart pushed back almost a year from the original estimates.