By this time next year, grocery shoppers in Spring Lake Park can expect to have a new option nearby: Hy-Vee.

Work is underway at the site of the future Spring Lake Park store, which is slated to be finished before Oct. 1, 2019, according to company spokesperson Tina Potthoff.

“It’s on our docket to complete in (fiscal year) 2019,” she said.

The grocery chain plans a 76,000-square-foot store and 8,700-square-foot coffee shop, convenience store and gas station on 12 acres at the corner of 81st Avenue Northeast and Central Avenue along Highway 65.

Central Park Liquor, the former municipal liquor store at the site, closed earlier this year and was demolished after the city sold it for $1.15 million. The rest of the site was vacant.

The city approved the final plat and site development agreement for Hy-Vee Jan. 16.

Hy-Vee also has plans to build a store in Blaine near the intersection of University and 125th avenues.

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