A “For Sale” sign is seen Tuesday afternoon near a
collection of older barn buildings on a lot near a strip
mall and Walmart in Hartford. The site is the proposed
location for the construction of a Casey’s General
Store. The current buildings would be removed.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Another convenience store could be coming soon to
its most recent meeting, the Hartford Plan Commission
approved a concept plan for the possible construction of
a Casey’s General Store on a 2.2-acre property on the
northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 60 and
Hartford City Planner Justin Drew said the Commission
“liked the idea” and had some general questions on the
store’s proposed plan. Arc Design Resources of Loves
Park, Illinois, is in charge of the preliminary design
“The store would include 10 fuel pump stations and a
convenience store with numerous prepackaged and fresh
food options,” Drew said. “There are a couple of other
convenience stores that are west of Highway 83, but none
that far west.”
According to the company’s website, Casey’s General
Stores Inc. is a chain of convenience stores in the
Midwestern U.S., primarily in Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois,
Indiana, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas,
Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The company is
headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa; a suburb of Des Moines.
The store locations offer made-from-scratch pizza,
coffee, donuts, subs, sandwiches and more.
website states the company is the nation’s fourth
largest convenience store chain.
addition to the concept plan, Arc Design has submitted a
petition to have the property annexed to the city. That
request was to be discussed by the Commission at the
same meeting, but Drew said the property’s current
owners, the Gary and Laura Doll Revocable Trust, asked
the request be tabled because some minor details needed
clarification. The request will be again be placed on
the Plan Commission’s agenda for possibly the February
all needed approvals are obtained additional details
regarding landscaping, building design and engineering
would come before the Plan Commission as part of a more
in-depth site plan review,” Drew said.
property is surrounded by a commercial strip mall to the
north, the Walmart Super Center to the northeast,
undeveloped commercial property to the east and town of
Hartford farm land to the south and west.
According to the site plan approved by the Commission,
the proposed fuel canopy would be located toward the
east end of the property and would have the following
63-feet from the Liberty Avenue right of way.
36-feet from the Highway 60 right of way.
30 feet from the north lot line.
150-feet from the west lot line.
According to the plan approved by the Commission, two
driveways would be used at the new business. One would
access Liberty Avenue. Given the presence of a raised
median on Liberty Avenue between Highway 60 and Thiel
Street, this driveway would have to be a right-turn only
entrance and exit only.
second driveway would connect Casey’s to the strip mall
to the north through an existing cross access
agreement,” Drew said. “Sidewalk on Liberty Avenue
abutting the property will likely be requested as part
of the development.”
According to the company’s website, as of June 30, 2017,
Casey’s had more than 1,980 stores in 15 states with 18
stores in Wisconsin. When the company was born it
originally marketed itself to open stores in cities with
populations of about 5,000 or slightly less.
Phone calls were placed to both Arc Design and Casey’s
General Stores corporate headquarters seeking comment.
They did not respond before this story went to press.
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