Grocery Store Planned For MacArthur Boulevard

Springfield’s MacArthur Boulevard might once again be home to a grocery store.  The Hy-Vee chain of Iowa has filed plans to renovate a vacant building. The company has an option to purchase the former K mart structure, which has sat vacant since K mart moved out.  Plans filed with the City of Springfield indicate Hy-Vee would demolish the exterior, use existing structural steel and build a 90 thousand square foot facility. The vacant bowling alley next door would be torn down to make way for a convenience store and gas station.

Hy-Vee’s Ruth Comer says  it’s not a done deal…

COMER “We have to look at some additional factors with regards to that site because it has been vacant for a long time. So there are some additional issues we need to investigate.  The city is looking at a number of development issues not only for that site but for the entire MacArthur Boulevard corridor.”

Those include the possiblity of a tax increment financing district to spur economic growth in that area.  A spokesman for the mayor says the city council is studying the issue and that could take a few months.

The Hy-vee chain operates  more than 200 stores in the midwest.  This location would be a newer style, housing a pharmacy, sit down dining and selling specialty products like wine and spirits and organic food.

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