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In a move that promises to shake up the Twin Cities supermarket scene, Hy-Vee will open four to six stores in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul market in the next several years with the addition of several new stores per year, each in the 90,000-square-foot range.
The regional retailer’s Minneapolis expansion, which will represent an investment of approximately $14-16 million and create between 400-550 new jobs, presently has one Twin Cities store location under contract, with additional projects in various stages of research and development.
With 235 stores in eight states, the W. Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer’s planned expansion will enhance its existing presence in Minnesota, where it’s operated since 1969 and currently has 17 employee-owned stores with a workforce of approximately 5,100.
"Our commitment to excellent customer service, health and wellness, and culinary expertise is unlike anything in the market to date," said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee chairman, CEO and president. "Minnesota and its residents have long been important partners, and we are proud to extend that partnership into the Twin Cities area."
Hy-Vee’s fresh-focused stores also tout wellness, variety and one-stop shopping with amenities such as Market Grill or Market Cafe with sit-down, wait-staffed service; pharmacies with drive-up windows; in-store dietitians and wellness departments; floral shops with designers; certified wine, beer and spirit specialists; specialty cheese and artisan bread; in-store chefs and cooking demonstration stations; and dry cleaning and postal services.