CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WTVO) — A section of Cherry Valley was set to be home to a future Fleet Farm this fall, but the project is being delayed after the store pulled back until the spring of 2020.
“They have other stores that are still in motion that they don’t have finalized yet,” said Cherry Valley Village President Jim Claeyssen. “The Village of Cherry Valley has move forward though and finalized all of our design work for the infrastructure.”
The village was planning to start road construction this summer on South Bell School Road and Charles Street.
The $35 million project was expected to open in October this year.
“We have also secured properties on the far southeast corner of where this development would be, where an old restaurant and truck stop was,” Claeyssen said.
Fred Wescott is the Economic Development Chairman for the Winnebago County Board. He says he would love to see the project flourish.
“Especially in the Cherry Valley area, they don’t get a whole lot of activity over there,” Wescott said. “I mean, they’re a great community and would love to see more growth for them.”
“It’d be a big boost to our economy,” Claeyssen said. “As you know, we are driven by sales tax dollars. We do not levy a property tax in the Village of Cherry Valley.”
In a statement, Fleet Farm store officials said:
“We are very interested to bring a new Fleet Farm to Cherry Valley. At this time, it would be premature to confirm specific details, including timelines.”
“If they’re going to bring it in, let’s do it and let’s get it done,” Wescott said. “That’s all I can say. If they need any help from the county things, we can do what we can to help them out.”
Cherry Valley Village officials say they are in contact with Fleet Farm and hope to break ground next spring.