By RYAN SILVOLA
TOWN OF BELOIT — Ground may be broken at the site of a new Casey’s General Store in the Town of Beloit in mid-June, officials say.
Town administrator Ian Haas said crews are working on sewer extension for the project. Casey’s representatives told him crews likely will break ground next month.
Crews originally expected to break ground in March or April, but Haas said Casey’s pushed the groundbreaking back.
The store will be on the northwest corner of Inman Parkway and Prairie Avenue. Haas previously told the Beloit Daily News the corporation has been in negotiation for the property since before he started as town administrator.
Haas was not told when the general store would be operational. Casey’s officials previously said the store will be operational approximately four to six months after breaking ground. Casey’s officials believe the location would be a good fit for the store based the community and the traffic counts for that intersection.
The project proposal has gone through an application process and has had conditional use and sign permits approved as well as extraterritorial review approval from the City of Beloit.
The new store is part of an effort to get more Casey’s stores in Wisconsin, officials previously said. A representative could not be reached by press time.
There are approximately 500 general stores in Iowa and about 400 in Illinois, while there were less than 20 stores in Wisconsin just one year ago.
Haas said the project is just one of the town’s development efforts, including the town working with local stakeholders to develop an uptown district.
Since more than 90 percent of the town’s population lives within 1.5 to 2 miles of the corridor, the town is interested in making a plan to further develop the area. The primary area of focus is from Park Avenue to Prairie Avenue. The town also would like to take a look at developing streets that connect to Inman Parkway. Town officials invited area banks, retailers, county development officials, business stakeholders and more to two concept meetings in February and April.
Haas said the uptown district proposal will be included in the town’s first Marketing and Economic Development Plan Haas is currently developing. Haas expects the Town Board to discuss the plan during the town’s May 21 board meeting.
Haas said the town staff being busy with managing development projects is “a good problem to have.”
“It’s great,” Haas said. “It makes my job much more difficult and much more fun...we’re constantly playing catch up.”
Casey’s General Store has more than 2,000 locations, including locations in Roscoe, Rockton, Beloit, Machesney Park and Janesville. Depending on the location, Casey’s General Stores offer patrons gas as well as food such as donuts, subs, pizza and an option for delivery.