Though Chili's officials want to begin construction this summer, Centerville Community Development Director Cory Snyder isn't sure they'll be the ones to make the decision.
"There's a big pile of dirt meant for Wal-Mart landscaping sitting on their property," said Snyder. "They'll have to talk to Wal-Mart and get it moved before they can do anything."
Wal-Mart construction is progressing well enough that landscaping may soon be an issue, with construction set to be complete sometime in early August. After that work on the inside of the store will start, with the grand opening scheduled for sometime in mid-September.
Since no store can open without employees, Wal-Mart has already hired the Centerville management team, and is currently offering existing employees the chance to transfer to the new store. An open hiring process will begin in July, with sites set up in Woods Cross and maybe Bountiful.
All that's left is to fill the remaining property on the site, which according to Wal-Mart's development agreement with the city must hold either a sit-down restaurant, retail store, office building or something of that nature. No drive through restaurants or banks will be allowed, since the added traffic flow will compound the congestion already being created by Wal-Mart.
"We want to avoid too many left turns or points of intersection, and there can't be any extra cut-aways onto the street," said Snyder. "With both Chili's and the other building, they'll circle back to one of the Wal-Mart parking lot and leave through one of the approved exits."