Verona won’t have a Festival Foods by next year.

When the De Pere-based company got approval to build a 68,000-square-foot grocery on the city’s east side in October, the plan was to begin construction in spring 2018 and open in 2019. That plan apparently has been moved back a year, to a “potential” 2019 start, which would mean a 2020 opening.

City planning director Adam Sayre confirmed that to the Press this month, adding that the company was considering the delay in the months immediately following its precise implementation plan approval.

The reason, he was told, was because of how quickly the company has been expanding. Festival built or acquired five new stores each of the past year and now has 31 stores.

“What they’ve told me is that they’ve opened a lot of stores in 2017, and obviously because of that and just looking at what they have right now and managing their existing stores, opening another store just didn’t fit in their schedule and plans this year,” he said.

Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@wcinet.com.