Home Depot to open June 28

Weather delays Lemon Creek construction

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2007

Construction of Home Depot in Lemon Creek has been delayed mostly due to the weather, a spokeswoman for the retail store said Wednesday.

The new opening date is June 28, said Kathryn Gallagher, the public relations manager for Home Depot's western division.

"Juneau has had record rainfall and snow earlier than expected," she said. "We thought we could get the work done before the weather hit, but small delays in permitting caused us to miss our window."

The 100,000-square-foot store was initially slated for a February opening.

"The site was challenging. You are cutting into the side of a mountain pretty much and that made it challenging. And the short time frame they have for construction (was challenging)," said Tom Ojala, project manager Roger Hickel, the Anchorage construction firm hired by Home Depot.

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Several Southeast Alaska companies have been involved with the project, including Miller Construction, Alaska Stone and Concrete, Northwinds Fence, Jack's Plumbing and Heating, Chatham Electric, Secon and R&M Engineering.

Home Depot is a Georgia-based home improvement retail chain with 2,104 locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and roughly 355,000 employees.

Last fall, the corporation announced the acquisition of 12 stores in China.

• Brittany Retherford can be reached at brittany.retherford@juneauempire.com.

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