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If all goes according to the company's plan, Hesperia's first Wal-Mart will open its doors in summer 2012.

Wal-Mart suit settled; store set to open in 2012

Store to be located on the southeast corner of Main and Escondido

Staff Writer

A lawsuit that was delaying construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter has been resolved and the store is now scheduled to open in summer 2012.

"Well, we heard about two weeks ago from our city attorney that the lawsuit had been settled," Hesperia Deputy Director of Development Services Tom Harp said Friday. "About three months ago, the thing kind of went silent."

Upland-based attorney Cory J. Briggs, who has previously sued Victorville and Barstow over planned Wal-Mart locations, filed the lawsuit in 2009. In each case, Briggs represented an anonymous citizen's group: In Hesperia, it was the Citizens for Responsible Equitable Environmental Development.

"We've reached a settlement and look forward to serving our customers in the Hesperia area," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amelia Neufeld said Saturday.

"Last week we received a call about the project," Harp said. "They intended to submit plans by May of this year."

Construction should take 18 to 22 months after plans are submitted, said Harp, meaning the store should open on the southeast corner of Main Street and Escondido Avenue in the summer of 2012.

Wal-Mart isn't the only business preparing to open in Hesperia.

The High Desert Gateway, best-known as the site of a Super Target store, will soon have two more retailers opening their doors: Both Ross and Marshall's clothing stores are in plan check right now, said Harp, and are looking to pull construction permits in late April or early May. After that, it will take 10 to 12 months to build each.

"By summer of next year, they should be open," said Harp.

A Golden Corral restaurant is planned for the same shopping center.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star


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