Hy-Vee to restart Coralville store construction

The store will be the chain's second in the city

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About a year after it put plans on hold, Hy-Vee will restart construction on its second store in Coralville this year.

“Hy-Vee is planning to start construction on the Coralville No. 2 store this fall. ... The store will be a traditional grocery store, but will have some new and expanded offerings,” Hy-Vee spokeswoman Christina Gayman said in an email.

The store will be 85,000 square feet and is not a new format for the company, which has a history of testing new store designs. It is expected to open in the summer or fall of 2018, Gayman said.

The company was not immediately able to provide specifics on what expanded offerings could include.

Earlier this week, Hy-Vee announced a partnership with burger chain Wahlburgers, founded by actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers. Under the deal, Hy-Vee will build and own 26 Wahlburgers restaurants in the Midwest, including a possible location in Eastern Iowa.

The West Des Moines-based grocery chain’s plan to construct the new store at 3285 Crosspark Rd. will put that venue at the border of Coralville and North Liberty. The site is next to the southeast corner of West Forevergreen Road and Coral Ridge Avenue, and directly east of an already open Hy-Vee gas station and convenience store.

Staff members with Coralville’s building department confirmed Hy-Vee has resubmitted a building plan for the site, but said that plan is undergoing review and not yet approved.

Members of Hy-Vee’s construction staff could be seen on-site this week.

Hy-Vee initially had plans to construct a 95,000-square-foot building at the intersection. In May of last year, the company said it would delay construction to further evaluate the design and layout of the store.

Hy-Vee purchased the land for both the gas station and Crosspark Road store in 2010, according to Johnson County property records.

The store’s closest competition will be a Fareway about a mile north and an Aldi, Wal-Mart and Costco that each sit about two miles south. Meanwhile, a new Trader Joe’s is expected to open in October in Iowa River Landing.

Hy-Vee already operates a store at 1914 Eighth St. in Coralville and has seven stores in Cedar Rapids, one in Marion and three in Iowa City.

l Comments: (319) 398-8366; matthew.patane@thegazette.com

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