Posted at: 07/10/2013 9:41 PM
Updated at: 07/12/2013 10:45 AM
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 News) -- It's been more than two years since the last discussion of an expansion took place for the Austin Hy-Vee, and now it’s finally happening.
On Tuesday night the Austin Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a 22,000 square-foot expansion that will feature a full-service restaurant.
Among the store's new features are a drive-through pharmacy, an expanded kitchen area, a hummus and salsa bar, expanded departments, and a remodeled storefront.
Hy-Vee officials said the whole project will cost between $7-10 million and add between 50 and 100 jobs, both of which experts said are good signs for the Austin economy.
“It would indicate to me that they're expecting stability and growth in Austin,” said John Garry, executive director of the Development Corporation of Austin. “And I think that's what we're all sensing, is that it's a stable community that will likely continue to grow."
The last time the Austin Hy-Vee was renovated was back in 1999, with officials saying it was long overdue for an update.
Officials said they could break ground as early as this fall, with hopes to complete the project within a year.