Hy-Vee Planning Large C-Store in MN

Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee Inc. plans to roll out yet another new-format store, this time a beefed-up convenience store in a Twin Cities suburb.

Local authorities in Lakeville, Minn., have approved the West Des Moines, Iowa-based grocer’s plans for an 8,880-square-foot c-store that will feature a full range of fresh groceries, prepared foods, staples and a Starbucks coffee shop, the St. Paul Pioneer Press has reported.

Hy-Vee operates 142 smaller convenience stores, including 16 in Minnesota, where it also has 23 full-size grocery stores, including a half-dozen in the Twin Cities area, where the retailer has been significantly expanding its presence over the past two years. Hy-Vee told the Pioneer Press that it's seeking other sites around the Twin Cities for supersized c-stores.

Not shy about experimenting with different store formats to target diverse consumer needs, Hy-Vee is planning a small-format store in its headquarters area that would be a pickup point for online grocery orders. The combined market and gas station would offer groceries and might also include a quick-serve restaurant.

Additionally, the retailer reportedly is planning a “health market” concept in the Des Moines area that would include a pharmacy, clinic and fitness studio.

Hy-Vee operates more than 240 grocery stores across eight Midwestern states.