Walls going up on new downtown Fareway store

 

Walls going up on new downtown Fareway store

Photo: Walls are going up on the new Fareway store at Sixth Street and Burnett Avenue near downtown Ames. Company officials say they hope to have the new store opened sometime in February. Photo by Michael Crumb/Ames Tribune

Photo: Construction on the new Fareway store continues as customers continue to shop at the existing store, which will remain open until the new store opens. Company officials say they hope to have the new store open in February. Photo by Michael Crumb/Ames Tribune

By Tribune staff   

Significant progress has been made in recent weeks on the new downtown Fareway store at Sixth Street and Burnett Avenue.

Boone-based Fareway announced last fall it would build a new store to replace the existing store at the site. The new store, when complete, will be 24,000 square feet, compared to the current store, which is 20,000 square feet. The company said it wanted to build a new store that was more in line with its existing store model.

The existing store, built in the late 1960s, will remain open until the new store is complete.

Fareway officials said on Wednesday that half of the walls are up, and the contractor is essentially building the store one half at a time. The walls and roof are up on the north half, and the concrete floor will be poured soon, officials said, with work completed in a couple of weeks. Work to complete the southern half of the store will then move forward.

Officials said the goal is to have the store enclosed before winter arrives, so crews can focus on inside work once the cold weather arrives.

Company officials said the goal is to have the new store open in February.

Once it opens, demolition will begin on the existing store.

Source: https://www.amestrib.com