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Grocery store project planned for Hickory

The city of Hickory received a proposal last week for a new Lowes Foods grocery store on N.C. 127 North in Hickory's Viewmont section.

The 55,000-square-foot store would be included in a project with a new 4,000-square-foot Backstreets Bar & Grill.

The area has been without a grocery store since a Fresh Air Galaxy closed there in 2004 to make way for a Lowe's Home Improvement development.

The project would be between 13th and 14th avenues next to Viewmont Baptist Church.

The city has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for Dec. 3 before its planning commission.