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6 Investigates: Why the delay in the Island's new grocery store?

Posted: 12:26 PM, Jul 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-29 13:26:54-04
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PADRE ISLAND, Texas — It was supposed to be open by now, but the project to bring an IGA grocery store to the Island has come to a standstill.

So, what’s the hold-up?

As it stands today, if you live on the Island, the closest full-service grocery store is the H-E-B Plus in Flour Bluff. And Island Councilman Greg Smith explains why that can be a challenge for Island residents.

"There's an absolute need for this grocery store,” Smith said. “You take the summertime. Traffic's heavy on the beach or they have a (traffic) snarl. That 15-minute ride to the H-E-B can turn into a two-hour nightmare."

Which is why everyone is wondering what's going on with the IGA development on Park Road 22.

Take a look at this video from the site taken on Thursday: overgrown with weeds, clearly not much going on.

It turns out, the project is a little more complicated than expected. And, it’s going to take longer to finish. But the important thing to know is it is going to finish.

More on that tonight at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KRIS 6 News.

See you then.