KEARNEY — Hy-Vee plans to build a supermarket, fuel station and convenience store on 12 acres at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and 52nd Street.
Ruth Comer, Hy-Vee’s assistant vice president for media relations, said Thursday that the plans are in the initial stages. She said the store will not open before 2014, and no target opening date has been set.
Comer said the land must be replatted and that Hy-Vee must get preliminary approval for site plans. That isn’t likely to happen until 2013, she said. Another year will be required to build the store, filling station and convenience store, she said.
The size of the store and other details remain to be worked out, she said. She added that extensive internal discussions have not yet begun.
“Our first step will be to submit plans to the city and get their feedback as to whether this will be feasible,” Comer said. “Once the city indicates it will approve this, we will secure a start date.”
City Manager Mike Morgan said the plans are expected to come before the Planning Commission at its next meeting Aug. 17. If the commission approves the plans, the Kearney City Council will consider them at its meeting Sept. 11.
Comer said Hy-Vee has an agreement to purchase the land. According to the Buffalo County Register of Deeds, the 12-acre parcel is part of an undeveloped 130-acre site that belongs to Sorensen Acres LLC. The registered agent is Arlene M. Wiederspan of Hastings. The land is on the west side of Second Avenue across from Walmart and Barney Insurance.
Comer said Hy-Vee has “looked off and on” for a location in Kearney for several years but had been unable to find a practical site until now. She said the chain looks at patterns of community and retail development, the community itself, and its infrastructure, among other things.
Mayor Stan Clouse said he was “excited that Hy-Vee has expressed their intent to invest in our community. One of the things we hear frequently from our citizens is they would like to have a Hy-Vee supermarket to enhance the Kearney shopping experience. It may soon become a reality, notwithstanding pending negotiations and process approvals.”
Hy-Vee would be the fifth supermarket in Kearney. The others are Bob’s Super Store, Boogaart’s Food Store, Grand Central Apple Market and SunMart. Walmart and Target have supermarkets as part of their stores.
Hy-Vee has 230 stores in eight states: Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota and Kansas.