Fareway to start construction in Harrisburg; retail boom expected

By Jodi Schwan

Fareway Stores Inc. is close to starting construction for its grocery in Harrisburg and already is helping to attract more retail interest to the growing community.

The Iowa-based grocer plans to break ground in early April on a 19,000-square-foot store on the northeast side of Cliff Avenue and Willow Street.

“We’re really excited,” spokeswoman Emily Toribio said. “People have been so supportive in that community, and we certainly appreciate that and are looking forward to opening.”

Fareway also has two stores in Sioux Falls. The Harrisburg location will be similar, including a fresh meat department, produce and carry-out service.

Construction will depend on the weather, but the hope is to open by the end of the year.

Image of Fareway grocery store's construction site in Harrisbug, SD

Construction will begin this spring on the Fareway grocery store in Harrisburg on the northeast corner of Cliff Avenue and Willow Street.

It likely won’t take long before more new retail opens in the area.

Van Buskirk Cos. is planning an 8,000-square-foot strip mall that will follow a similar construction timeline.

“The spinoff activity is already happening. I’m actually kind of stunned,” Steve Van Buskirk said. “And I’ve got really strong interest on another piece of property right behind it for retail.”

The initial building will be full and owner-occupied, he said. In addition to space north of the building, there is room east of Fareway for more retail and a property that would be a good fit for a restaurant with a drive-thru.

Fareway is a strong anchor for other stores and restaurants, Van Buskirk said.

“A grocery store is one of the premium anchors in retailing across the board, so it works. I’m totally surprised how well it’s working, though. It’s way better than I would have guessed.”

Fareway to start construction in Harrisburg; retail boom expected

Fareway Stores Inc. is close to starting construction on its new store in Harrisburg and already is attracting more retail interest to the growing community.

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