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Grocery store chain Hy-Vee plans to tear down old Kmart building

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Iowa-based grocery store chain Hy-Vee is hoping to move forward with plans to open a new store in Eau Claire. Now, we are learning they hope to bring down the current building.

The City Plan Commission is meeting Monday, August 19 to review Hy-Vee’s site plan proposal.

If approved, the new store would replace the vacant Kmart building off Clairemont, which occupies about 10 acres and will be demolished after years of deterioration.

Demolition would begin this spring at the earliest, but Eau Claire City Economic Development Manager Aaron White said Hy-Vee is worth the wait.

“It’s definitely not just a corner grocery store,” White said. “The size of the building, that’s a lot of square footage to fill, which means they’ll be offering quite a variety of services that are common in the large-footprint Hy-Vees in other communities.”

Hy-Vee hopes to offer amenities like a deli, florist, pharmacy, post office, even a coffee shop and food court, in addition to their grocery and cosmetics departments.

Hy-Vee currently has two stores in Madison.

The new Eau Claire location would be part of their plan to expand throughout Wisconsin.

Julia Lopez

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