Iowa businesses eye Granger for expansion

 Iowa businesses eye Granger for expansion

The city of Granger could look very different over the next few years as it welcomes many businesses, including the Fareway grocery store.

GRANGER, Iowa – On Friday, Granger City administrator Kirk Bjorland inspected the land on which the town’s first large grocery store is scheduled to be built.

“We’re excited that the town of Granger will do some expansion,” he said.

This expansion will give the city of about 2,000 people a new look and feel. That’s in part thanks to Fareway’s plans to build a 19,000 square foot store on Highway 17 and State Street in Granger.

“It’s now considered like a suburb of Des Moines, and it just checks all the boxes of a town we’re looking for,” said Koby Pritchard, director of real estate for Fareway.

Construction of the grocery store is scheduled to begin in 2024 and open in 2025. The store is expected to add 70 to 80 jobs to the area.

“Census data, I think, shows a 40% growth in new data coming out, and that won’t stop,” Pritchard said.

Just ahead, Absolute Group, an Iowa-based construction company, built a new facility that will bring 200 of these employees under one roof.

“We chose Granger to put a huge stake in the land,” said Sonny Hall, CEO of Absolute Group.

Hall said the company is planting that stake, in part, because of the flexibility a small town has to offer and the affordable housing options for its employees.

“Our employees want to live close to where they are, so affordable housing is one of the reasons why we chose a small community in Grainger,” Hall said.

Hall said he expects his company to need 100 to 200 more employees over the next five to 10 years. City leaders, on the other hand, said that was just the tip of the iceberg.

“We’re seeing activity here increasing every day,” Bjorland said. “We have three other businesses that have purchased five lots on the south end that are submitting site plans as we speak.”

The town is also adding houses. In the past three years, nearly 60 houses have been built in the town.

“We are partnering with a developer today to expand to 40 acres of commercial and multifamily,” Bjorland said.

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