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Hugo’s project in south Grand Forks back on track, grocer says

Shelves full of beef at Hugo's in Grand Forks. Herald file photo.

A grocery store that was proposed several years ago for the south end of Grand Forks may be breaking ground soon, but it’ll be a year or two before it opens.

The Hugo’s Family Marketplace wants to start its project on 47th Avenue South and South Washington Street in the fall or spring, spokeswoman Lisa Mangino Swanson said this week.

“Once we start, it will take one to 2 ½ years (to complete) from the start of the project, she said.

The city approved the store as part of the Hugo's Village Townhomes project in March 2014. The townhomes were the first phase of the project and were completed in fall 2015. The store was the second phase of the project.

The finalization of layout specifications delayed the project, Swanson said, adding the hold came both from the city and internal issues.

The grocery chain initially didn’t set a start date for the 45,000-square-foot store, but now plans are finalize to include a Hugo’s Wine and Spirits liquor store and a restaurant or deli, Swanson wrote in an email. It also could include a Caribou Coffee Shop, pharmacy and bank.