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Fareway takes form in Tiffin

Anticipates late May opening
Progress continues on the future home of Fareway, located at 500 Croell Ave. in Tiffin. The store is anticipated for a late May opening, and will serve as the first supermarket for Iowa’s fastest growing city. (photo by Cale Stelken)

TIFFIN– Come spring, a hometown supermarket will finally become a reality for eager Tiffinites. Progress continues on the future home of Fareway. Located at 500 Croell Ave., the store is anticipated for a late May opening and will serve as the first supermarket for the fastest growing city in Iowa.

“We’re coming down the home stretch construction-wise,” noted Koby Pritchard, attorney of Fareway Stores, Inc.

At over half completion, Pritchard said construction is on schedule and going as planned. The roof was finished in late December, effectively completing the shell of the entire building. The parking lot is fully paved and all underground utilities are complete, allowing the interior floor to be poured, this month, by Dean Snyder Construction.

The Tiffin City Council first approved construction of its first supermarket on Dec. 5, 2017. This was followed by a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 23 last year.

According to Pritchard, the morning of the store’s opening will feature a VIP event where everyone involved in the project will view the new supermarket and take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new supermarket will be approximately 21,000 square feet in scale in the Prairie Village Commercial Development. It will be almost identical to the recently opened Fareway in Peosta. While it will not house a bakery, Fareway Vice President, General Counsel Garrett Piklapp assured the supermarket has become proficient in supplying daily, fresh-baked goods.

Currently, the closest Fareway to Tiffin is located about 5.4 miles away at 615 Westwood Drive in North Liberty. The new Tiffin location will be the fourth Fareway store to join the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Based in Boone, Fareway Stores, Inc. is a growing Midwest company currently operating over 120 stores located in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota, and employs over 11,000 people. The latest Fareway store will be a welcome and much-needed feature in Tiffin. According to its Comprehensive Plan, the city had an estimated population of 3,739 in 2018, representing a 92 percent growth rate since 2010. Current estimates forecast the potential for Tiffin to yield over 12,000 inhabitants by 2030.