MURRAY — The building is up at Murray’s new Casey’s General Store.
Craig Justice, chairman for Murray Development, said construction work is currently being done on the inside of the new Casey’s.
“I’d say they’ve got about 20 percent of the concrete work to do outside,” Justice said. “They’ve got to set the pumps yet. Of course, they’ve got to finish the dirt work next spring because the weather went against them this time of year.”
Work in progress
After the town’s convenience store left in February 2012, there was a need for another one.
In March 2013, it was announced Murray would be receiving a Casey’s General Store.
“The nice thing with Casey’s coming in, they listed it out as $1.3 million investment for them, for the town,” said Murray City Councilman Greg Clark.
Justice said Nik Werner, former mayor of Murray, was instrumental in bringing a Casey’s to Murray.
The building’s location is directly south of Murray School District.
“They (Casey’s) had to do their preliminaries and they made their initial downpayment on it then. They had to do some engineer work,” Justice said. “I was told at the time that they were really busy because they were putting new stores in Wisconsin. So, they were going to have to outsource a lot of the stuff they usually do in house.”
Clark said he has been in conversation with the regional manager for Murray’s Casey’s. An opening date is scheduled for mid-April because of construction and weather delays.
The store will sell pizza, but it won’t have a deli.
Justice said the store is set up to have four gas pumps. There will be a diesel gas pump, two super unleaded gas pumps and a regular unleaded gas pump.
Clark said Casey’s is looking to hire approximately 20 employees for the new store. Hiring advertisements should be in Osceola Sentinel-Tribune and Creston News Advertiser within the next month.
“It’s got to be the best thing that’s happened to the town for years,” Justice said. “There’s not been any company that’s come to the town to put this type of capital expenditure as long I’ve been there.”