I didn’t see this one coming. We’ve known for a while that the old Wal*Mart building in Carson City was going to be remodeled to make room for a Burlington Coat Factory and Sportsman’s Warehouse. And I posted pictures last month of the work they had done already, building a dividing wall to split the old cavernous building into two slightly less cavernous spaces. I thought the north space would be for Burlington, and the south space would be for Sportsman’s Warehouse. It looks like I was half right.
The south half of the building is actually being demolished so that Sportsman’s Warehouse can build a new structure. I didn’t see this coming at all. The north half is being retained and converted to Burlington, but the south half is going bye-bye, and going fast.
This is the most action this site has seen since 2002, when the new Carson Valley Wal*Mart opened and this building was vacated. It was bought almost immediately by Max Baer Jr., to convert into the Beverly Hillbillies Casino, but a dispute with JC Penney and the shopping center owners prevented that from happening. He finally sold the building last year (and made a $4 million profit) and now, finally, after six years, something is happening.
So this is the reason that the Sportsman’s Warehouse isn’t going to open until a year from now, while Burlington is supposed to be opening in late summer. It takes a long time to build from scratch.
And remember, all this construction is being paid for with your tax dollars, Carson City, so enjoy!