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Street to close three days for utility hookup

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A three-day street closing will force some Dorel Industries and Faurecia employees to seek out detours in southeast Columbus this week.

Tuesday through Thursday, Gladstone Avenue will be closed from just east of State Street to Illinois Avenue.

The closing will allow workers to install utilities leading to the new Casey’s General Store, according to plans filed with the city last week.

The two-block closure, which will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, will allow workers to dig up a part of Gladstone to install a water main and sanitary sewer to the new convenience store.

The posted detour will shift traffic to Illinois Avenue and State Street, according to the Columbus City Engineer’s office.

Groundbreaking for Casey’s General Store, being built on the former site of the Kennedy Mobile Home Park, was held last December — a year-and-a-half after the final trailer in the 60-year-old mobile home park was moved off the property.

The store was scheduled to open this week. However, the unusually cold and snowy winter kept the ground frozen, which prevented crews from installing the utility lines as originally scheduled, said Casey’s regional supervisor Jackie Kearby.

Casey’s, which will include a full sandwich and pizza shop, will open April 30,

with a grand opening scheduled for May 16 and 17, Kearby said.

The store will be open 24 hours a day to accommodate all nearby manufacturing plants’ shifts, she said.

Casey’s, based in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, has 1,800 stores in 10 states. It has 75 Indiana stores, with conventional-sized stores located in Edinburgh and Seymour.

The Columbus store will be 15 to 20 feet longer than most Casey’s outlets, as well as 8 to 10 feet deeper, corporate district manager Tim Russell said. The floor plan will feature an in-house dining area, as well as carry-out food sale, Russell said.

The company hoped to have at least 25 local employees hired by mid-March, but Kearby said there are still openings.

The company strives to support area charitable organizations and schools where it has store outlets through product and gift card donations, Russell said.

Casey’s has been praised by promoters of the State Street Corridor Project for its planned landscaping.

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