Janesville Hy-Vee adds 600 helpful smiles, boost to economy

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville is about a month away from adding another grocery store, but it’ll add much more to the table and local economy than just food.

Janesville has blossomed to a population of about 66,000, thanks in part to continued economic growth like the new Hy-Vee in Janesville.

“The city of Janesville continues to grow, and we’re grateful for that, and this corridor of Milton Avenue and Highway 14 is one of our major retail corridors,” said Jimsi Kuborn, the economic development director for the City of Janesville.

The city says the sheer number of jobs the new store will create will benefit the economy.

“The job opportunities for the new Hy-Vee are about 600 plus or minus, full-time and part-time, and yes, they’re doing a lot of recruiting,” Kuborn said.

The city says it will also help fill a large vacancy.

“When you look at sites where you have a tenant that has left, you want to see that site continue and be successful, but also fit within the zoning and the use and what’s going on in that area,” Kuborn said.

Kuborn says taking the vacancy and turning it into sales tax revenue and creating jobs helps everyone.

The store is scheduled to open in mid-February.