Harrison Wal-Mart store still a go, say company officials

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, reusable shopping bags are offered for sale at a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles. Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack against Amazon. The discounter says it is changing its membership-based free shipping service test to two days from three days and is charging one dollar less for the annual membership fee. Wal-Mart began testing the service in 2015 as a way to counter Amazon’s highly successful Prime shipping. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Out here on a now-overgrown lot at Highway 58 and North Hickory Valley Road, the dozers aren't dozing. And the lack of progress on a proposed new Supercenter store here has some locals wondering if Wal-Mart if waffling on its decision to build a Harrison store.

Wal-Mart officials say the 155,000-square-foot store is still going to happen - it's just a matter of when.

Orginally billed to be completed sometime early next year, the store's completion has now been indefinitely pushed back, and Wal-Mart officials would not name a timeframe earlier this week.

Right now, the Wal-Mart site is littered with felled trees and empty houses, as it has been for six weeks or more. Locals say work just stopped one day.

Russell Gilbert, city councilman representing the area, said this week he has been in constant contact with Wal-Mart about the store, and he believes the mega retailer is adjusting the project's budget, after bidding it out two years ago.

"Everybody