Smith’s Mar­ket­place con­struc­tion be­gins

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Christi C. Bab­bitt

Con­struc­tion is of­fi­cially un­der­way of a new 123,000-square-foot Smith’s Mar­ket­place store in Springville, with com­ple­tion an­tic­i­pated in late fall of 2016.

Ex­ec­u­tives from Smith’s Food & Drug and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Springville City met to­gether in a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony Jan. 25 for the store, which will an­chor the first phase of a 25-acre de­vel­op­ment named Springville Mar­ket­place. The store will be lo­cated on the south side of Springville’s 400 South at 950 West.

“We’re ex­cited to have this new Smith’s Mar­ket­place here in town,” said Springville Mayor Wil­ford W. Clyde at the cer­e­mony. He and his wife re­cently vis­ited a new Smith’s Mar­ket­place store in West Jor­dan and were im­pressed with it, he said, adding that the Springville store will be sim­i­lar. “We hope to see a lot more busi­nesses lo­cate around it in the area,” Clyde said.

The new Smith’s Mar­ket­place will of­fer gro­cery, ap­parel and house­hold items as well as a phar­macy. In­side the store will be Fred Meyer Jewel­ers and Star­bucks. A Smith’s fuel sta­tion will be con­structed next to the store.

The Springville Mar­ket­place land was pre­vi­ously owned by Sub­ur­ban Land Re­serve and Prop­erty Re­serve Inc.; both are wholly owned sub­sidiaries of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. Smith’s Food & Drug is work­ing with Springville City to at­tract other busi­nesses to the com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment. In ad­di­tion to the Smith’s Mar­ket­place store, the de­vel­op­ment will have room for two ju­nior retail an­chors and seven com­mer­cial pads.

“This is go­ing to be a fab­u­lous store,” said Jay Cum­mins, pres­i­dent of Smith’s Food & Drug. It is the sev­enth Smith’s store and the se­cond Smith’s Mar­ket­place to open in Utah County. The county’s first Smith’s Mar­ket­place was built in Lehi in 2008. The Springville store will cre­ate more than 200 new jobs.

Cum­mins said Smith’s saw the Springville lo­ca­tion as an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand into a grow­ing area where the com­pany didn’t yet have a pres­ence.

“This is awe­some. It’s a long time needed,” said Ja­son Packard, pres­i­dent of the Springville Cham­ber of Com­merce. “It sup­ports the busi­nesses we have here” by at­tract­ing more shop­pers to the city, he said. The new store will also at­tract other busi­nesses to the area and help keep res­i­dents’ shop­ping dol­lars lo­cal, Packard said.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Springville City and Smith’s Food and Drug of­fi­cially broke ground for a new Smith’s Mar­ket­place on Jan. 25. The store will be lo­cated at 400 South and 950 West in Springville.

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