FARMINGTON -- The Harmons grocery chain began construction Thursday on a 69,000-square-foot store, formalizing one component of a Station Park development that could add up to 1 million square feet of retail space for area consumers.
The new store will be on the eastern border of a 67-acre parcel located just off U.S. 89 and Legacy Parkway, adjacent to Park Lane and the commuter rail station and will be the first store for Harmons in Davis County.
There are currently 13 Harmons stores in Utah, including Roy and Ogden, with plans to expand to 16 by 2011.
Randy Harmon, a co-owner and vice president of the locally owned grocery chain, used a track hoe to break ground for the store, which is being billed as a flagship for the Station Park project, while his brother Bob, a co-owner and vice president, watched.
Bob Harmon said he has been anxious to have a store in Davis County for a long time.
"I've been looking for the opportunity to build up here for 19 years," Harmon said, noting he lives in the county.
The new Harmons is expected to employ 150 to 200 people, said Randy Harmon.
"It's the best survey we've ever had on a new store," Randy said of the demographic of the region.
Mayor Scott Harbertson was among a throng of elected officials who attended the ground-breaking. He told a story of visiting a Harmons in Draper several years ago, then seeking a meeting with Bob Harmon to try to persuade him to come to Farmington.
Besides Harmons, Cinemark is expected to begin formal construction of a 55,000-square-foot theater complex soon. Both the grocery store and theater complex are scheduled for completion by May 1.
Craig Trottier, vice president of development for CenterCal, the project developer, said construction of another 200,000 to 300,000 square feet of retail space will begin in October. That work will also have a May 1 deadline, he said. Trottier said officials will wait to announce the retail outlets that will occupy the projected new space, but he hinted the mix will make the shopping area a magnet for the whole region.
The balance of the Station Park project, including the village aspect and lifestyle center, is due to be initiated by May 1.
"There is not a project in the state of Utah that comes close to what we're building," Trottier said.
The entire Station Park project could cost as much as $250 million.