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Early 2009 opening for Auburn Home Depot

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The concrete pad at the Home Depot in North Auburn has been poured, a sign that structural work on the building is set to start. A spokesman for Home Depot said that work is progressing with plans for an early 2009 opening for the store. Work at the 10.8-acre site started last year, and the pad was being smoothed Wednesday for a 130,000 square-foot store. On the north side, giant water tanks have been buried. Spokesman Kathryn Gallagher said that the first tangible sign that hiring will have started for the store will be the presence of a trailer on-site at which prospective employees can fill out applications. But that won’t happen until closer to the early 2009 opening, she said. The home-improvement giant announced last month that it would be shuttering 15 superstores — a first for the corporation after years of double-digit revenue growth cut short in recent months by a lingering economic downturn. It also is slowing its new-store development plans. But Gallagher said that none of stores being closed are in California, and the slowdown in new construction will have no impact on North Auburn. County Supervisor Jim Holmes said that the work at Home Depot is part of a surge of construction along the Highway 49 corridor. That work includes construction of the new Auburn Plaza commercial center and initial work to modernize the Dry Creek Plaza at the corner of Highway 49 and Bell Road. Holmes, who owns property along Highway 49 that was recently developed as a car wash, said he’s also noticed a new sign near the car wash site indicating a Carrow’s restaurant is going into space previously occupied by an Italian restaurant. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia. com, or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.