GI Retail Expansion Brings Jobs & Growth

A multimillion-dollar expansion project along Highway 281 is bringing major retails stores and growth, and local officials say that growth is always a good thing for the area.

Along highway 281 at Capital Avenue and State Street, there are some major changes underway.

"They're changing the direction of the mall to take advantage of Highway 281 and a lot of exciting things happening in the Gordman's property," said Grand Island Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Johnson.

The expansion includes a new business called Petsense.

"The store will be 7644 square feet. They do a very good job and they are very competitive," said Jerry Gordman of Gordman Properties.

The project also includes an expansion of the YMCA Express.

"It's just about triple the size of what it was, and it's still under construction," said Gordman.

The original size was 3,000 square feet, and Gordman says it'll serve as the anchor for the strip mall, but the growth doesn't stop there.

"On the south side of that property we have the new shopping center going in. There will be a number of stores," said Johnson.

Those stores will include Bed Bath and Beyond, Dress Barn, and Shoe Carnival.

"It's an opportunity for Grand Island to expand its reach and its presence as a retail hub in out state Nebraska," said Johnson.

There are also other business opportunities available in the development.

Those could even be occupied by mom and pop shops, which Johnson says also need recognition because there are a number of them in Grand Island, that have seen much success too.

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