Lowe's backs out of decision to build store on Chantilly Parkway

Published: Mar. 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Officials with the home improvement company Lowe's are confirming that they will not build a long planned facility on Chantilly Parkway. The agreement had been in place since 2008 but the company never started construction on the project.

Lowe's spokeswoman Natalie Turner tells WSFA 12 News that specific details about the company's decision not to build at the location were not for release.

"I can tell you that when we research potential store locations, we evaluate literally hundreds of factors, such as an area's population, home ownership and potential for growth, convenience of location and access to major roadways," Turner said.

The store was scheduled to open in 2010 next to the Chantilly Walmart. The town of Pike Road and City of Montgomery waged a bitter public fight over the land and millions of dollars in expected tax revenue that would have been generated from the growing business pool. A judge ultimately settled the issue.

Then-mayor of Montgomery Bobby Bright announced in May 2008 a negotiated deal in which the company confirmed it would buy the land and build there and that Montgomery would annex the property.

Nearly six years later, the vacant lot where the 117,000 square foot project was to be developed is being sold by the big box home improvement company.

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