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Eagle embraces City Market expansion plan

The new 15,000 square foot City Market expansion will exend the store toward Rule Ranch Road and involve a reconfiguration of the parking area. Last week the Eagle Town Board gave initial approval for the expansion plan.

EAGLE — By the fall of 2016, Eagle's City Market should be a much larger store featuring specialty offerings including an expanded Starbucks shop, a sushi station and a cheese counter.

This week, Eagle approved the first steps toward that expansion plan. Now the supermarket chain awaits Colorado Department of Transportation approval of a right-of-way purchase needed for the 15,000 square foot addition.

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.

During a Tuesday Eagle Town Board meeting, Mike Cerbo of Galloway, the engineering firm involved in the expansion plan, presented the proposal.

“Trust me, the happier we can keep our guests, the better off we will be.”Dave BettsEagle City Market manager

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"The only opportunity for the store to expand is on the south side of the building," said Cerbo.

The proposal calls for construction to begin on the new 15,000-square-foot addition this fall. Crews will work on that part of the building over the winter and once the space is finished, some store operations will shift over to the new square footage so a remodel of the existing store can commence.

"We are very excited about the new store potential," said Cerbo.

Parking improvements

One of the biggest features of the new store design will be changes in 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.

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

Revenue concerns

Noting that City Market is the largest sales tax generator in Eagle, town board members asked company representatives if they expected sales to drop during the construction period.

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

Eagle store manager Dave Betts said he has developed an action plan for communicating with customers and employees about the upcoming expansion and what to expect as construction proceeds.

"Trust me, the happier we can keep our guests, the better off we will be," Betts said.

He also stressed the finished product will be worth the wait.

"I have been through five remodels with City Market, and this is really a nice building," said Betts.

Town board members were enthusiastic about the expansion plan.

"I think this is very exciting," said town board member Anne McKibbin.

"I want to thank you for being a very good partner to Eagle. I remember when you opened up and you could have robbed every house in town. We were all in the new store," said town board member Kevin Brubeck.

Final approval for the City Market plan is expected in August, after the company's land purchase deal with CDOT is complete. The company hopes to start construction in October and finish the work by September of 2016.