The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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October 28, 2010

Hy-Vee store still in the works

JOPLIN, Mo. — A new proposal is on the table for a traffic signal near 30th Street and Range Line Road that, if acceptable to all parties, could lead to the construction of a Hy-Vee grocery store there.

A conference call to update city officials and Hy-Vee representatives on the status of the project took place Thursday.

The new design for the traffic signal was created by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s regional office in Joplin after the first design was rejected by some businesses at the intersection.

The new design would place the intersection north of the original design. It would be in line with where the property lines of Derailed Commodity and Motel 6 meet on the east side of Range Line.

It is not the only traffic issue involving a grocery store in the greater Joplin market that MoDOT must resolve. A contract has been signed for construction of a Harps grocery store in the village of Airport Drive at Highway 171 and Fir Road.

Gil Stevens, a real estate agent with Keller Williams, of Joplin, said a contract to develop the 32,000-square-foot store has been inked, but that some details need to be worked out over the next 150 days, the due-diligence period, to resolve two key issues.

One of them involves sufficient water pressure at the site in order to provide fire suppression. The other involves a traffic study and the feasibility of adding an access along Highway 171 north of the existing traffic signal. The project would not involve another traffic signal.

A meeting was held Thursday to update village officials about the proposed development. The village’s trustees must approve the project before construction can begin.

Stevens said construction of the Harps store could begin next spring if the water and traffic issues are resolved.

The Hy-Vee store would be constructed on the west side of South Range Line in the 3000 block, where a Ford dealership once operated. The store potentially could bring 100 full-time and 300 part-time jobs, and an annual payroll of $6 million to $7 million to Joplin.

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