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Eagle City Market expansion to begin May 1

Construction on the expansion of Eagle’s City Market store, shown above, will commence May 1. The store is a major sales tax revenue source for the town and locals are anxiously awaiting the 15,000 square foot addition.

EAGLE — It's welcome news for downvalley residents and the community's coffers — the expansion and remodel of Eagle's City Market grocery story is slated to begin May 1.

Eagle's existing City Market is a 41,000-square-foot structure and the expansion plan will up size the grocery story to nearly 57,000 square feet. Additionally, the plan will reorganize the main entry and redesign the store's parking area.

"It will certainly enhance the shopping experience for our customers," said Kelli McGannon, company spokesperson for City Market.

"It's pretty exciting that they have a groundbreaking date in mind in May," said Eagle town board member Anne McKibbin. "We are all looking forward to seeing what expanded services they will have available in their store."

“It’s pretty exciting that they have a groundbreaking date in mind in May. We are all looking forward to seeing what expanded services they will have available in their store.”Anne McKibbinTown Board member, Eagle

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The larger store will feature specialty offerings including an expanded Starbucks shop, a sushi station and a cheese counter. Additionally, McGannon said the remodel will mean addition grab-and-go offerings, prepared foods and natural and organic items.

"We know our customers have a choice about where they shop and we want to earn their business," said McGannon.

Parking lot changes

The City Market expansion plan has been in the works for years, as the supermarket chain explored the physical limitations of its current site in Eagle. Eventually, the company settled on a proposal that will enlarge the store to the south, and that plan required a right-of-way purchase from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

City Market plans to begin construction of its new 15,000-square-foot addition first and when it is complete, crews will shift attention of a remodel of the existing store.

One of the biggest features of the new store design will be changes to the parking lot at the Eagle site. The current entry lane to the building will be reconfigured so it flows into the parking area. Additionally, the parking spots will be oriented to an angle design.

Pedestrian access to the store will be improved and bike racks will be located near the front of the building.

All of this construction and remodel means shopping at the site will be disrupted during the coming few months.

"We will do our best to help people through that," said McGannon. "The new store will certainly be worth the wait."

Ultimately, City Market hopes to increase its numbers by increasing its size. That's welcome news to the town of Eagle.

Sales tax generation

By law, sales tax figures from individual businesses are confidential, but the impact of City Market on town of Eagle revenues is obvious. The Market Street area of town provided 42 percent of the town's sales tax revenues last year.

While the town is excited at the prospect of increasing those revenues, it is also worried about the impact of construction. Joel Starbuck, real estate representative for City Market, addressed that concern during a previous meeting with the Eagle Town Board

"When we redo a City Market store, we typically don't see a drop in sales. We see sales go flat (during construction)," said Starbuck. "The intent is to keep everything as available to customers as possible."