CORALVILLE — Ground has been broken and earth is being moved at a site in Coralville where Hy-Vee is building a new store, it’s second in the city.
The 85,000-square-foot store is expected to open by the end of 2018, Hy-Vee spokeswoman Christina Gayman said in an email. That’s a bit later than the initial opening date the company set in announcing the project in September.
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.
Hy-Vee initially had plans to construct a 95,000-square-foot building at the intersection. In May 2016, the company said it was delaying 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 opened last week 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.