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The new Hy-Vee grocery store at the Glenroads Shopping Center will have its own Starbucks, drive-up pharmacy and expanded baby, pet and health-market sections, said Steve Geifman, vice president for First Equity, the real-estate development company working on the project.

First Equity and Hy-Vee Food Stores have partnered to build the new 87,000-square-foot building, which will cost at least $6 million, according to city documents. Meanwhile, the strip mall connected to the current Hy-Vee will become a standalone building and undergo about $2.2 million in renovations, according to

documents.

The new Hy-Vee will open next spring in the same shopping center just north of the current Bettendorf Hy-Vee at 2900 Devils Glen Road.

The current 65,000-square-foot store will remain open during construction and will close for just one evening before the new store opens, said Adam Gillies, manager of store

operations for the Bettendorf Hy-Vee.

The current Hy-Vee is old and dated, Gillies said. The new store will have more products that customers might find at a Target or Wal-Mart, he added.

“It was about time to move,” Gillies said. “We’ve outgrown this building.”

Bill Connors, city community development director, said that the city plans to add a middle left-and-right-turn lane to Devils Glen Road to improve accessibility to businesses along the road. The turn lane will extend from Middle to

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Belmont roads, he added.

City officials have budgeted about $630,000 for the turn-lane project, Connor said. First Equity plans to contribute about $140,000 to the project, he added.

The shopping center project will be done in several phases.

Remodeling already has begun on the strip mall, which is scheduled for completion late this year, Geifman said. The Governors restaurant also will be renovated, he said.

After the new Hy-Vee is built, the old store will be demolished and work will begin on the parking lot. Hy-Vee then plans to build a convenience store and gas station on the southeast end of the shopping center.

The Bettendorf Hy-Vee opened in November 1985 and went through its first remodeling in 1995, Gillies said. All its employees will move to the new building once it is finished, and more employees will be hired to fill expanded departments, Gillies said.

Wayne Ma can be contacted at

(563) 383-2360 or wma@qctimes.com.

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