Construction has begun on a new Casey’s General Store in southwest Cedar Rapids, part of the company’s continued expansion.
Building permits and site plans filed with the Cedar Rapids Building Services Department show a 4,346-square-foot store and a 7,525-square-foot fuel canopy at 4560 16th Ave. SW, near the northeast corner of Jacolyn Drive and 16th Avenue SW.
Mike Richardson, Casey’s vice president of marketing, said the store is expected to open in the first or second week of December. It will employ about 20 people and sell the company’s typical food lineup and beverages as well as gasoline and diesel fuel.
Septagon Construction of Cedar Rapids is the general contractor for the project. Site preparation work began on July 23 and a foundation for the store was finished last Friday.
Casey’s has added, remodeled or replaced a number of stores in the Cedar Rapids area in recent years. The publicly-owned company built and opened 85 new stores, acquired 26 stores, completed 30 replacements, and remodeled 74 stores in its most recent fiscal year, which ended on April 30.
As of April 30, there were 31 new stores, four replacement stores, and three major store remodeling projects under construction.
The new Casey’s in Cedar Rapids will be immediately south of Cypress Senior Residence, a 51-unit senior housing complex under construction at 12th Avenue and Jacolyn Drive SW.
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Construction is expected to begin fairly soon on The Avenue, a $19.2 million, 150-unit apartment complex about two blocks west of the new Casey’s at 5200, 5220 and 5300 16th Avenue SW.
All three projects will add to the traffic on 16th Avenue SW, a heavily-traveled east-west arterial.
Two of Casey’s competitors in the Cedar Rapids-Marion market also have been adding store in recent years.
Kwik Trip of La Crosse, Wis., opened a new Kwik Star store last year at 251 33rd Ave. SW. It marked the privately owned chain’s third store in Cedar Rapids.
Kum & Go, a privately owned West Des Moines company, has added stores in the Corridor. The chain operates stores in Cedar Rapids, Marion, North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City.