And it did! It did open....the very same weekend "they" (not sure who exactly "they" would be) decided to totally block off, then gut, the main road beside our new mall.
Never fear. There are no lawsuits here (few, anyway). There's no ACLU aiming to protect us (thankfully.) So, when the mall opened, we just strapped on our hiking boots and walked through all the construction. There's no other way to get there. We are literally just down the street from it. The lit-up rectangular building in the back is the newly opened mall.
We stepped over downed light poles. We hopped through reinforcement wiring. We dodged cement trucks and cranes. We shielded our eyes from blowtorches. The workers kept right on working.
And I am happy to say that our new Starbucks has Gingerbread lattes. Sweet Cheeks and I split one. She exclaimed, "It tastes like you are drinking a cookie!" And I suppose after all that effort to get there, it tasted all the better.