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Construction underway at site of planned Meijer store in Sycamore

Wet weather has slowed pace; construction to resume this week with 2020 opening date

SYCAMORE – A new Meijer store in 2020 is still on the horizon, as construction of the building began late last month, city officials said.

The work is still in its early stages at the 16-acre site near the northwest corner of Route 23 and Peace Road, said John Sauter, director of building and engineering for Sycamore. Rockford Construction, the company Meijer hired to build the 160,000-square-foot store, is in the process of filling the area where the building pad will rest, Sauter said.

Work stalled last week because of heavy rain, Sauter said. Workers will have to clear standing water from the site before they can resume Monday, but he said the delay shouldn’t affect the spring 2020 completion timeframe.

Revised building plans were submitted to the Sycamore Building and Engineering Department by Meijer on Dec. 3, almost two years after the idea for the store was first proposed to the city. The revised plan called for a building about 20% smaller than was initially envisioned in 2017.

The site also will include about 600 parking spaces, as well as space for three additional stores, Sauter said. A 3,400-square-foot gas station also is planned next to the grocery store.

A new store could be a boon for increased property and sales tax revenue, along with providing more shopping options for area residents.

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