No, Governor's Pub and Grill is not closing.
In fact, it's just the opposite for the establishment that has been in the Quad-Cities for 43 years.
Steve Geifman, president and managing partner of Geifman First Equity, called it the "right place and the right time."
Geifman First Equity owns the lot occupied by Hy-Vee and Governor's Pub and Grill on Devils Glen Road and Middle roads. With both businesses looking to expand, something had to give.
Governor's, however, is exploring new locations to move, allowing for both businesses to undertake two major development projects on the street.
"What they are looking to do is kind of in conjunction with what we're looking to do and Governor's would be relocating to a new location," Geifman said. "When you see the drawings, you'll see the excitement that we have, and Hy-Vee is looking to reinvest in the area as well."
Hy-Vee has occupied its current building since 1987.
Geifman said Hy-Vee is looking to add a fuel station, convenience store and coffee shop to the current property, much like its newer stores are developed now.
"Once they get approval for their building and rezoning, maybe it's late October or mid-November, the thinking is they would start construction work through the winter, through the spring and open sometime mid-summer," Geifman said. "The next day, Hy-Vee would start the demolition and construction here. It would be an 18-month project once they get approval."
The footprint of Governor's current location is about 2,900 square feet, which pales in comparison to what the new building could look like.
Because of the configuration of the current lot, expansion wasn't an option.
"We at Governor’s have been searching for an existing location for months that would meet our needs," Governor's marketing manager Joseph Janz wrote in a news release. "However, after exhausting all other possibilities, we are confident that this new facility will not only meet our current needs, but allow us the expansion necessary to please and entertain our guests for years to come."
While Governor's will move to a new location next year, it will still remain open until construction, pending approval, is completed.
"We will continue to offer all the same great food and service right up until the ribbon cutting at our new location," Janz wrote.
"It's two long-term tenants; Governor's has been here for 43 years, and Hy-Vee probably the same if a little less, and they're both investing within a mile of one another," Geifman said.
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