A “For Sale” sign is seen near a collection of older
barn buildings on a lot near a strip mall and Walmart on
Jan. 16 in Hartford. The city’s plan commission has
recommended annexing the land, which would lead to a
Casey’s General Store to be built at the location.
John Ehlke/Daily News
possibility of a Casey’s General Store being built in
Hartford is nearing reality.
Monday, the Hartford Plan Commission recommended the
Common Council approve a petition by Gary and Laura Doll
to annex about 1.8 acres near the intersection of
Highway 60 and Liberty Avenue in the town of Hartford,
but adjacent to the city. The Dolls want the property
added to the city so they can then sell the property to
allow construction of a Casey’s General Store.
“The annexation petition goes to Common Council next
Tuesday for a public hearing and potential action,” said
City Planner and Director of Community Development
Justin Drew. It needs the Council’s final approval to
James Pistillo, vice president of accounting and
treasurer of Casey’s General Stores Inc., said the
company has been meeting with city officials to discuss
various permits and other details to potentially
position the company to build.
“Many of these processes move forward and result in a
new store, but at least some of these drop out over time
due to challenges for any number of reasons,” Pistillo
said. “So while it would be fair to say we are
discussing the potential for a site, nothing is final
yet. If we get all the clearances we need from the city,
and we can finalize negotiations with the seller and
close on the deal.”
Pistillo said that usually starts the clock on about a
six-month building process, weather permitting.
aren’t there yet but we are working toward that,”
Design Resources of Loves Park, Illinois, is in charge
of the project’s preliminary design plans.
“The store would include 10 fuel pump stations and a
convenience store with numerous prepackaged and fresh
food options,” Drew said. “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
Commission approved the site plan for the project at the
According to the site plan, the proposed fuel canopy
would be toward the east end of the property and 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.
According to the company’s website, Casey’s General
Stores Inc. is a chain of convenience stores in the
Midwestern U.S. The company is headquartered in Ankeny,
Iowa. The store locations offer made-from-scratch pizza,
coffee, donuts, subs, sandwiches and more.