STOW: The new Meijer Supercenter in the Stow-Kent Shopping Center is starting to take shape.

Separate crews were busy at the site on recent morning. One subcontractor was inside the building’s walls installing steel I-beam trusses for eventual placement of the roof.

Outside the building’s footprint, workers for Precision Engineering and General Contractors of Solon prepared the ground for the parking lot. Dan Cuccaro, a heavy equipment operator for Precision Engineering, said in the days ahead he and his co-workers would be using a grading rototiller to harden and stabilize the ground.

Nearby was a large pile of gravel that would be spread over the hardened earth, later to be covered by blacktop, Cuccaro said. “We’re on schedule,” he noted, adding there is plenty of time to build a solid parking lot before cold weather sets in.

Precision Engineering is among the subcontractors working under the project’s general contractor, Rockford Construction of Michigan.

Construction is expected to take about a year.

Frank J. Guglielmi, senior director of communications for Meijer, previously said it takes between 12 and 14 months to construct a new Meijer Supercenter. A ribbon cutting will be announced 60 days prior to opening, he said.

“Normally we open our stores in the late spring/early summer timeframe,” Guglielmi said. Hiring for the store will begin in early 2019 and approximately 250 employees will be sought, he said.

Meijer completed the purchase of its portion of the plaza from Stow-Kent Associates for nearly $3.79 million in December 2016, according to Summit County property records.

In early May 2017, Stow City Council approved Meijer’s site plan and then later that month a revised plan reducing the size of the store from 192,940 square feet that was approved in 2014 to 159,253 square feet. The revised plan also eliminated a Meijer service station that had been proposed on the site of a Wendy’s restaurant by state Route 59.