Wondra Construction employees Monday morning work with
heavy equipment to tear down farm buildings that are on
property that is to be the site of a new Casey’s General
Store on Hartford’s west side in the area of Highway 60
and Liberty Avenue.
HARTFORD — The start of
construction of a new Casey’s General Store on the city’s west side
was delayed a few months, but company officials still hope to have
the chain’s newest store open by Aug. 13.
“Construction was delayed some due to budgeting and scheduling of
the project,” said Michael Richardson, Casey’s General Store’s vice
president of marketing. “The Aug. 13 date is an estimate, but that’s
what we’re hoping for.”
The Iowa-based company had hoped to break ground earlier this year
on the Hartford store, near the intersection of Highway 60 and
Liberty Lane and a short distance away from Walmart.
In April 2018 the city’s Plan Commission approved a site plan for
the project. The city, in February 2018, approved an annexation
petition by the property’s then owners, Gary and Laura Doll, to
annex the approximately 1.8-acre site to bring the property into the
city limits to allow access to sewer and water and fire and police
Richardson said the new store will be about 4,606 square feet and
will offer a variety of grocery and dry goods along with a full
kitchen that will include pizza, fresh bakery products, sub
sandwiches, beverages, snacks, fresh foods and fuel.
“The store could employ up to 30 workers with the majority of them
being full time,” Richardson said. “Hartford was identified as a
great community that Casey’s wanted to be a part of and that we felt
our brand of convenience would work well in.”
When the city’s Plan Commission approved the project’s site plan
they added some conditions. Commissioners said they wanted to see a
sidewalk constructed on the proposed business’s property as soon as
possible when construction takes place and have a pedestrian
crosswalk marked and painted at the intersection of Liberty Avenue
and Thiel Street near the business.
'If the city elects to create a pedestrian crossing at Highway 60
and Liberty Avenue in the future, additional sidewalk will have to
be installed at Casey’s expense,' said City Planner Justin Drew
during the April 2018 commission meeting.
The store will also include 10 fuel pump stations and the
convenience store will offer numerous prepackaged and fresh food
According to the company’s website, Casey’s General Stores Inc. is a
chain of convenience stores in the Midwest. The company is
headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa. The stores offer made-from-scratch
pizza, coffee, donuts, subs, sandwiches and more.
Casey’s General Store has also grown throughout the area and region
due to acquisition of assets of some smaller convenience store
chains’ assets. Keller Inc. will be the project’s general
Casey’s General Stores, Inc. is a Fortune-500 company operating over
2,150 convenience stores in 16 states throughout the Midwest and the
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