By Jeff Fox
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at 8:48 PM
Grain Valley expects a major boost to its business community this year with the planned opening of a Price Chopper grocery store at one of the city’s most prominent spots, the area immediately northeast of Interstate 70 and Main Street.
Price Chopper is set to open this fall in the area near the Grain Valley Marketplace 8 theaters. Other sites there are expected to fill up with restaurants and other businesses at some point. Some of those announcements could come this spring.
The city has pinned high hopes on development at that corner – and eventually across the street to the west – now that the state of Missouri has finished its projects in the last few years to expand the I-70 interchange and widen Main Street south through downtown and all the way to Eagles Parkway.
The city currently has one grocery store, which recently went from being Grain Valley Market Eagles Parkway to a Sunfresh store.
The city in 2016 hired Rob Harrington to lead its Economic Development Corp. That’s his focus – economic development.
“That’s why I was brought to Grain Valley,” he said recently. “That’s my passion. That’s what I do.”
Late in the year, the boards of the EDC and the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce decided to merge operations, under the name of the Grain Valley Partnership and with Harrington running day-to-day operations. The two groups operate out of an office at 1450 S.W. Eagles Parkway.
The plan is to keep the functions that each group has traditionally carried out, such as the chamber’s member luncheons each month and its involvement in Grain Valley Fair Days, while adding such things as business-after-hours networking events.