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New Store To Take K-Mart's Place

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--It's out with the old and in with the new along Collins Road in Cedar Rapids.

Today we learned who will take up a big piece of real estate across from Lindale Mall.

As K-mart prepares for its liquidation sale, there is already a new store preparing to move into this location and it's a national chain not seen before in Iowa.

Come December, the doors to k-mart close for good here in Cedar Rapids and in its place, the fresh market a specialty grocery store focused on fresh produce.

"It'll be nice to have a grocery store here because I quite often go to the one at the store over at Lindale," said K-Mart shopper June Boss who says she's excited about a new grocery store.

"We're also very excited about the site they've picked. We think that will add some new energy to that site," said Joe O'Hern, Cedar Rapids Executive Administrator for Development Services.

The Fresh Market operates more than 140 stores in 26 states.

City leaders say it's an indication of not only the strength of the Cedar Rapids market, but its evolution into something different.

"It certainly adds a new retailer, a new business model to the community," O'Hern said.

We talked to shoppers today about the new store. While some are looking forward to the new option, others are a little more hesitant.

"To see what they have and keep it in mind but we probably won't be regular customers," said Mary Dewees who says she's impartial to a new store.

Still, the city says one thing is certain.

"It gives the community another choice," O'Hern said.

There are still a lot of details to be worked out between now and opening day for the fresh market.

All the company will tell us tonight is they hope to open their doors sometime next year.
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