Walmart drops Paradise plan

Supercenter won’t be built, in part because of lack of sewer system

The property Walmart owns in Paradise has been listed for sale at $5 million.

The 58.9-acre parcel near the Skyway was the site of a proposed supercenter, but Walmart decided not to move forward with the project, according to Tiffany Wilson, director of communications for the company.

The project was controversial from the beginning, with Walmart and local grassroots environmental group Save Our Gateway being involved in a lengthy legal battle. Walmart ultimately received the green light to build.

Wilson said there were several reasons the company decided not to move forward, one of them being the lack of sewage infrastructure in Paradise and Chico’s nonmovement on a project to allow the town to share its wastewater treatment facility.