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Forevergreen Hy-Vee

Construction expected to begin this fall

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s technically in Coralville, but the new Hy-Vee location off Forevergreen Road will add to the short list of nearby places the citizens of North Liberty can shop for groceries.
And after a long wait, they should be able to do so by summer or fall of 2018– two years after the store’s original completion date.
In a recent announcement by the Hy-Vee press team, it was revealed work on the store, which sits on the border of Coralville and North Liberty, would begin this fall. The news comes after two separate delays in construction, since plans for the project were submitted in 2015: first in February 2016 due to interior design changes and again the following May, when the project was put on hold indefinitely.
At that time, a Hy-Vee spokesperson assured the community the company remained committed to the project and would eventually move forward with construction on the site it purchased in 2010.
Now, more than a year after the project was halted, the building has been reduced from its original 96,000 square feet (about the size of the Waterfront store in Iowa City) to 85,000 square feet– just short of the 87,000-square-foot Lantern Park Plaza location at 1914 Eighth St., in Coralville.
“While we adapt all stores to their specific site, this store is not a new format,” Hy-Vee communications manager Josie Albrecht said last week. She added it is, however, the newest model of the West Des Moines-based grocery chain.
Located at 3285 Crosspark Rd., the Coralville No. 2 store will sit next to an existing Hy-Vee Gas, opened in early 2016, and includes a car wash. The store will likely include Hy-Vee trademarks, such as a Starbucks kiosk and Market Grille, but Albrecht could not comment on specific amenities, nor on the cost of the project.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.8 billion annually and employs more than 85,000 people.