Decorah Newspapers has learned Hy-Vee is exploring opening a new store in the former Quillin’s building in Decorah.
Friday afternoon, Winneshiek County Development Director Stephanie Fromm and Decorah City Manager Chad Bird reported they have been working with a developer who is in the process of purchasing the 25,000 square-foot building located in the Centrum Plaza. Quillin’s
Quality Foods closed in December.
Fromm said a well-known, grocery chain is strongly considering leasing the property at 915 Short St. for its next store. The retailer would employ approximately 20 full-time and 50 part-time workers. Fromm and Bird would not disclose the name of the grocery store chain.
“This specific tenant would have a community-vested interest and is often tied to further development opportunities as they are considered to be an anchor tenant,” Fromm said.
“This business is often requested by citizens in the Decorah area. These citizens often express that this store would be a great fit and excellent addition to our regional economy,” she said.
“This is an exciting opportunity to see redevelopment being considered so quickly after the previous tenant vacated the space. Sometimes, these projects take much longer to mature. The project would include substantial improvements to the existing building,” Bird said.
“This could be a real win for the Decorah area. I am excited to see how things progress as we further explore this development opportunity. This would be a significant improvement and addition to the overall retail center (Centrum Plaza),” Fromm said.
The developer is expected to discuss the project with the Decorah City Council in the near future.