Ground was broken Thursday morning for the new grocery store which is to be constructed in Pilot Grove. The store will mark the first time Pilot Grove has had a grocery store since the closing of Main Street Grocery several years ago. The projected completion of the grocery store is set for Summer 2013.
The new grocery store will be located beside the Cooper County Rural Health Clinic on Hwy 135.
Support has grown now for the grocery store since plans are moving forward. According to the Pilot Grove Community Investment Properties Progress Report a partnership consisting of 23 investors from the area has been formed. The group also developed a management committee consisting of James Streck, Arthur Schuster, Jr., Joseph Stoecklein, Dennis Knipp and Laurie Beach. This committee will oversee development of the new grocery store.
The committee has met several times to first determine the type of building necessary to meet the community needs, submitting those needs to potential builders, evaluating bids received from those builders and finally accepting a bid, which was awarded to Doug Carney of Builders Pride Inc. located in Marshall. The building being construction is known as a Wick building, which is a certain type of a metal building.
Building materials are set to arrive on June 15 with an estimated completed construction period totaling 440 man hours.
The new store will be 60 feet wide by 72 feet in length, with an interior ceiling height a little over 12 feet.
Beach said the building will have a wood frame on a cement floor with metal exterior and interior walls. She said colors for the exterior walls will be beige while the roof and wainscot will be burnished slate. She added that the interior walls will be painted an off-white.
The store operators will be Paula and Cody Tyler from Concordia who will bring their experience of owning two grocery stores already in Waverly and Knob Noster. The Tylers will have a 10 year lease term on the property. They intend to hire six part-time positions as well.
"Many residents of the community are very excited to see a grocery store back in town," Beach said.