Casey’s General Store proposes Hartford location


Jan. 18, 2018

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 Hartford.

At 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 Liberty Avenue.

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 plans.

“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.

The website states the company is the nation’s fourth largest convenience store chain.

In 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 meeting.

“If 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.

The 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 setbacks:

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.

“The 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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