Hy-Vee's move comes as its main competition -- Dillons -- already is moving dirt for its own new store down the street, at the southeast corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Waiting is not an option, a Hy-Vee official said in January.
"We'll start construction immediately, once we get all the approvals," said Dennis Ausenhus, a vice president for Iowa-based Hy-Vee, after a planning commission meeting in late January.
Hy-Vee plans to build a 66,000-square-foot supermarket alongside an additional 33,000 square feet of retail space. The $10 million store will be built by Hy-Vee Weitz Construction of Des Moines, Iowa, and is one of 21 new stores the company plans to open in 1999.
The new store will have all the same services as the Hy-Vee at Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive, Ausenhus said, and more: a bank, dry cleaners, casual-dining area, Chinese kitchen, bakery, pharmacy -- "you name it."
"It's everything you can possibly think of in a contemporary food store," Ausenhus said.
Dillons is building a 48,000-square-foot store, set to open by year's end.