WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that they have entered into contract to build a Hy-Vee store in the City of Oakdale, Minn.
The City of Oakdale is the second Twin Cities location to be announced since Hy-Vee declared earlier this year that it would be entering the market. The proposed expansion into the Twin Cities would add several stores per year, over the next several years.
Hy-Vee has been working with Oakdale officials for several months to secure the city-owned property at the intersection of Interstate 694 and 10th Street North, which formerly housed an outlet mall. This is the second Hy-Vee location under contract in the Twin Cities area; several more new store projects are in various stages of research and development.
“We could not be more delighted that Hy-Vee is choosing Oakdale for one of its first metro stores. Hy-Vee will be a wonderful addition to our city for years to come,” said Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack. “The announcement by Hy-Vee clearly points out the unqualified success of our redevelopment effort on the old outlet mall site.”
Hy-Vee plans to submit initial building plans to city officials next month, but it will be several months before construction begins. A tentative grand opening date has not been scheduled for the store, which will create about 450 local jobs.
“The City of Oakdale has embraced us, and we look forward to demonstrating the quality customer service, culinary expertise and health and wellness features that our stores offer,” said Jay Marshall, executive vice president of operations for Hy-Vee’s east region. “When we enter a community, we want to become part of that community. We’re excited about this new store allowing us the opportunity to build those relationships while serving residents’ grocery needs.”
Hy-Vee is an employee-owned retail corporation dedicated to providing shoppers with quality products and service offerings. Its stores emphasize freshness, wellness, variety and one-stop shopping convenience.
The new Oakdale store will feature the amenities Hy-Vee has become known for, such as a Market Grille or Market Café, a full-service restaurant and bar concept; pharmacies with drive-up windows; in-store dietitians and wellness department; floral design and shop; certified wine, beer and spirit specialists; specialty cheese and artisan bread; in-store chefs and cooking demonstration stations; a made-to-order sushi bar; a large HealthMarket and bulk foods section; more than 1,400 produce and 9,000 specialty items; and dry cleaning and postal services.
Hy-Vee is new to the Twin Cities area but not to Minnesota. The employee-owned company has been a fixture in Minnesota communities since 1969 and currently operates 17 stores statewide, employing more than 5,000 local residents.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.