Casey's General Store could open by Aug. 13
Demolition of old farm buildings on new site began Monday

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

June 25, 2019

 Local 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.
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News Staff

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 services.

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 options.

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 contractor.

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. is a Fortune-500 company operating over 2,150 convenience stores in 16 states throughout the Midwest and the South.

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