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UPDATE: Hy-Vee Considering Expansion in Austin

September 15, 2017 05:44 PM

(ABC 6 News) – Hy-Vee is considering Austin as a potential site for a new distribution center.

The company said in a statement Friday morning it is looking into a 150-acre site north of Interstate 90 on the west side of town.  At this time, Hy-Vee does not own any property.

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A spokesperson for Hy-Vee says Austin is being considered "due to its centralized location in the company's eight-state territory and interstate access as well as the community's ample workforce."

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Austin, and we are excited to continue our great relationship with Hy-Vee,” Mayor Tom Stiehm said with enthusiasm.

City Administrator Craig Clark stated that the potential project is expected to have a significant economic impact, including out-of-town construction spending, work for local contractors, increased demand for professional and retail service providers, increased local sales tax revenue and increased real estate transactions. 

“This project would be a great boost for our community that will only get better with time,” Clark said.

A spokesperson for Hy-Vee says construction on the distribution center could start as early as 2019.  The company currently owns and operates distribution centers in Cherokee, Iowa and Chariton, Iowa.


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