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The Hy-Vee Effect: Other Businesses Looking for Impact
Businesses along MacArthur Boulevard in Springfield are holding out hope that once the new Hy-Vee is built, it'll bring an economic boost to others in the area. Construction crews worked through the Columbus Day holiday trying to meet a spring 2014 deadline for the new grocery store. Nearby strip malls are seeing businesses fight to stick around. The recent closure of clothing store "X-treme" leaves at least three vacant store fronts in the nearest shopping center.
"White Oaks west has drawn a lot of business from this area, and that's the biggest difference right there. Anytime you got anybody that wants anything--if you live on the other side of Chatham Road, everything that people need is on the other side of Chatham Road," Joe Greer said, talking about how much he thinks the new business will help others along the boulevard.
Construction started at the site after a groundbreaking in June. When it opens, that Hy-Vee will be the only grocery store in the area. It's expected to take on about 400 full and part-time employees.