Construction of a new Giant Eagle store planned for the north end of the Grandview Yard development is expected to begin later this year.

Construction of a new Giant Eagle store planned for the north end of the Grandview Yard development is expected to begin later this year.

The 92,000-square-foot store will be located on the north side of Third Avenue and will be east of Edgehill Road and west of the railroad tracks, said Brian Ellis, president of Nationwide Realty Investors, the Yard's developer.

Giant Eagle has signed a 20-year lease, Ellis said.

A large-scale grocer is an important element for a mixed-use development like the Yard, he said.

The store will not be a Giant Eagle Market District location like the outlet at the Kingsdale shopping center in Upper Arlington, Ellis said.

"It will be a high-quality store" that will serve as the main retailer in the north end of the Yard development, he said.

The store should open in the second half of 2013, Ellis said.

The site is expected to include a Get Go gas station, he said.

Ellis said he does not know what the new store means for the Giant Eagle located on West Fifth Avenue, about a mile from the new store's site.

A spokesman for Giant Eagle said the company would have no comment on the new store until the project is closer to fruition.

"Giant Eagle will be a nice amenity" for the residential and other commercial tenants in the Yard, Ellis said.

Construction has started on The Apartments at Grandview Yard, the first phase of residential development in the Yard. A total of 154 flats and townhouse-style apartments will be constructed in three four-story buildings north of the Hyatt Place Hotel.Some of the apartments are expected to be ready for occupancy this fall, Ellis said.

Other potential elements for the north end of the Yard development will likely include two or three restaurants and a branch bank, although nothing is ready to be announced, he said.

NRI plans to begin infrastructure projects on the north end of the Yard development later this year, including extending Yard Street to Third Avenue and utility improvements, Ellis said.