Latest on Downtown Grocery Store (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) - It’s been three months and work has yet to begin on the new grocery store in downtown Fort Wayne. But officials with the Lamplight Inn, where the store would be built, aren't concerned just yet.

They say plans are still on schedule and an architect has been selected to begin work on the structure.

"A state-approved architect has to draw the plans up, and then once they think those are ready those are sent to the State Building Department and they sign off,” says Bobby Petras, Chief Operating Officer of Lamplight Communities. “At that point we'll do a formal bidding process: here's the plans, here's what we want to do, submit your bids. It'll be a blind bid. Once we choose the contractor that we want to work with, then we would start work."

Plans will be finalized within the next week, before being sent to the state for approval.

"The State of Indiana is really backed up on approving plans right now, so fingers crossed - 60 days from the day we submit it we can get it approved,” “Then we can really put together a real time frame for when we will start working and when we want to finish it."

Ideally, Petras hopes the grocery store could open as early as this spring.

He also mentioned an interest in opening a pharmacy within the grocery store as well, if one were to express interest in a partnership.

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