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The Fareway Meat Market in Lincoln will be very similar to the one in Omaha in the Loveland Centre near 90th Street and West Center Road.

An Iowa grocery chain is planning to open a specialty meat market in southeast Lincoln.

Fareway Stores, which like Hy-Vee is based in suburban Des Moines, plans to build a 6,500-square-foot full-service meat market at the Rockledge Square Shopping Center at 84th and Van Dorn streets.

The company said in a news release that construction will begin on the new store next month, and it is expected to be open by late fall.

Fareway is known for its grocery stores, which are mostly in small towns in Iowa and neighboring states. In Nebraska, the company has several stores in the Omaha area and one in Nebraska City.

Its Fareway Meat Market is a new concept. The first one opened in Omaha last year, and the Lincoln location will be the second one.

Rockledge Square is owned by Omaha-based real estate firm Slosburg Company, which also owns the center in Omaha where Fareway's other meat market is located.

That's likely a big reason why Fareway chose to put a meat market in Lincoln even though it doesn't have any stores here.

Fareway spokeswoman Emily Toribio said another factor was the "prime" location at 84th and Van Dorn.

"It was just really a good match for us," she said.

In addition to a full-service meat department, the store will have an expanded seafood section, artisan cheeses, wines, craft beer and other items.

“We are very happy to welcome Fareway to Rockledge Center," said Leigh Andres, commercial marketing manager for Slosburg Company. "They will bring to Lincoln a unique and exciting shopping experience."

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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