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HyVee Drugstore

The Hy-Vee Drug Store in the 2600 block of Pierce Street in Sioux City is shown in May. The site used to be the Soo Thrifty Drug Store. 

SIOUX CITY | Following approval of Hy-Vee’s plans to build a build a $2.9 million drug store Monday, city lawmakers praised the company for bringing the plan to fruition.

“You should be congratulated for moving this forward,” Mayor Bob Scott said.

The proposal to replace the drug store at 2627 Pierce St., had been put on hold since first presented four years ago.

On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved a number of actions designed to move the project forward, including rezoning some parcels and adopting a site plan and preliminary plat.

Plans call for construction of a 14,000-square-foot building just south of the existing 9,500-square-foot drug store at 2627 Pierce St.

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The old building will be razed and turned into a parking lot, with the new store sitting to the south facing Pierce Street. Construction will require Hy-vee to tear down the former Post Office building.

Unlike four years ago, Hy-Vee has obtained ownership of the former Soo Thrifty Drug store it has been leasing, and now has entered into an agreement with Almar Bldg. Co. to lease the land. Almar is owned by Sioux City businessmen Robert Krueger and Robert Seff.

The new plan calls for demolishing six houses and the former post office building. Hy-Vee has contracted with Sioux City developer Scott Mann to renovate eight houses it no longer needs for the project.

"I’ll make them nice homes,” Mann told the council. “I’ll do it fairly quickly.”

Another part of the plan calls for taking out the triangular-shaped medium in front of the store on Stone Park Boulevard and 27th street, which will require further council action in 30 days.

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