City’s north lacks grocers

Some say road improvements are key to attracting merchants
Monday, July 30, 2007 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:26 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

COLUMBIA ­— When Hy-Vee Inc. confirmed last week that the construction of the first of two new stores in Columbia will begin this fall, most city officials and residents saw the announcement as a reflection of economic growth.