Home Depot plans construction this month in Fairbanks

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Home Depot officials expect to start construction later this month on a Fairbanks store.

The start of work on the 130,500 square-foot store would come a month sooner than previously stated. Spokesman Chuck Sifuentes said the store should open next spring.

The Anchorage firm of Koonce, Pfeffer, and Bettis is designing the Fairbanks store, Sifuentes said. A general contractor has been selected, but Sifuentes declined to name the company because contracts have not been signed.

The store will be larger than most in the Atlanta-based chain, Sifuentes said, but smaller than Anchorage's 133,179 square-foot store. The Fairbanks store will employ 150 to 200 workers, feature a 20,000 square-foot garden center and offer 500 to 700 parking spaces.

Sifuentes said the company will begin construction once the city of Fairbanks issues building permits.

Steve Shuttleworth, city building official, said a foundation permit should be issued by the end of the week. Structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical permits would soon follow, he said.

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