PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. — Work will begin in the fall here on a Hy-Vee supermarket that signals a new direction for the grocery chain.
The company is interested in locating in smaller but growing communities around metropolitan areas where the chain is already known, Pete Hosch, a real estate manager for Hy-Vee Inc., told the Plattsmouth City Council. Hy-Vee recently bought and remodeled an existing 32,000-square-foot grocery store in Sheldon, Iowa, he said.
The Plattsmouth store will anchor the Plattsmouth Plaza shopping center on the west side of town next to U.S. Highway 75 at Oak Hill Road. Hosch said projections are for the total number of employees to be about 100, with about 25 of those being full time.
Ruth Comer, a spokeswoman for the West Des Moines-based grocery chain, said Tuesday that the store makes sense for the Cass County community because Hy-Vee is already a strong brand name in the area. The location about 20 miles south of Omaha also fits company goals for good visibility and high traffic volume.
"We're always looking for locations where we can be successful and, in this case, we're already known in the market area," Comer said. "The location has good visibility, good access. We've also heard from a large number of the Plattsmouth population who shop at Hy-Vees near where they work or travel."
Hy-Vee Inc. has more than 230 stores in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin, averaging about 85,000 square feet each.
The $13 million, 45,000-square-foot store in Plattsmouth is scheduled to open in November 2013.
"We anticipate it will be a full-service supermarket with a pharmacy and a kitchen for dining in or takeout," Comer said. "We think it will be a very good fit for the community."
On Monday night, the Plattsmouth City Council voted to re-plat three lots for sole ownership in the area south of Plattsmouth Keno so that two lots would not be divided by a public street. That change was sought by developer Steve Willey of Omaha in order to make way for Plattsmouth Plaza.
"Without the City of Plattsmouth's cooperation on tax-increment financing and their ongoing cooperation with this development, Plattsmouth Plaza would not have happened," Willey said in a press release. "We look forward to serving Plattsmouth and Cass County for years to come."
Plattsmouth City Administrator Erv Portis said city officials have been working for more than two years to develop the area on the west side of town for a shopping mall. The City Council designated the property blighted in 2010 to allow for $2.2 million in TIF financing.
"This is something we've been working on a long time so as to increase options for our residents to spend their dollars locally," Portis said. "What we really like about Hy-Vee is that it adds quality to Plattsmouth."
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