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Breaking ground in Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY — Ground should be broken next spring for the Sullivan’s grocery store planned in Spring Valley.

Scott Sullivan, president of the Savanna-based Sullivan’s Foods, said soil studies are still being done, and the ground needs to be bought before then.

“We are happy to be working on it,” he said. “We have a few other retailers who may or may not come in. We want to check out all these opportunities before we have any plans drawn up.”

Sullivan added any retail stores may either be inside or outside the grocery store.

If ground is broken for the 32,000- to 35,000-square-foot building on the seven-acre site next spring at the former Bassick property located on Route 6 near Hall High School, Sullivan expects the store to be open for business by August.

Spring Valley was chosen as a location for a new Sullivan’s Foods, according to Sullivan, because, “Spring Valley is a nice little town of 5,000 to 5,400 people. We advertise there and with the loss of Jewel (in Peru), we felt there is an opportunity to pick up some business,” he said.

The Spring Valley City Council voted at its meeting on Aug. 5 to pay 50 percent of the estimated cost of about $100,000 to move a water line at the site at 600 Strong Ave.

Sullivan’s Foods currently has 12 stores located in Princeton, Mendota, Kewanee, Lena, Marengo, Morrison, Mount Morris, Rochelle, Savanna, Stockton, Winnebago and Freeport.

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