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Hy-Vee opens its 9th Twin Cities store on Tuesday

September 17, 2018

Hy-Vee will open a new store in Robbinsdale Tuesday, its ninth grocery store in the Twin Cities.

The 86,500 square feet store at 3505 Bottineau Boulevard is slightly smaller than most of its other Twin Cities stores, which range from 91,000 to 101,000 square feet. It features one element new to the Twin Cities, a Fast Fresh Express convenience store next to its gas station and Starbucks. It’s for the shopper who dashes in for snacks and beverages after filling up the gas tank.

As with any new Hy-Vee store, the store layout formula has been tweaked. The main store also features the largest dining room space in any of its 245 stores.

Near its dining options such as Market Grille, hibachi Asian Grill, and Hickory House Comfort Foods, nearly 230 seats beckon customers who want to kick back with friends or meet for a business lunch. “Our clientele likes it so we devoted more space to it,” Hy-Vee chief executive Randy Edeker said. “It fits well in the neighborhood. It’s for the customer that doesn’t want to cook.”

The new Mia Pizza station, a wood-fired made-to-order pizza in six minutes, replaces the Italian concept Dia Pida in its older stores. Also gone are Cucina Mexican deli, the produce butcher, the New York deli and F F fast fashion European clothing.

In only three years, Hy-Vee will have 10 stores in the Twin Cities. In late fall the Des Moines-based grocer will open in a former Cub Foods in Plymouth at 16705 County Road 24. Supervalu, which owns Cub, closed the store in July. In October, Hy-Vee officials will bring their plans to open a store in Blaine to the City Council.

By the end of 2019, three more Hy-Vees will open in Spring Lake Park, Maple Grove on Bass Lake Road, and another Fast Fresh convenience store in Lakeville. The new Hy-Vee is the only major supermarket in Robbinsdale, although a Cub store sits a mile away in Crystal. Target and Lunds Byerly’s compete from about 2.5 miles away in Crystal and Golden Valley, respectively. The Twin Cities’ first Hy-Vee is more than three miles away in New Hope.

Hy-Vee encountered vocal opposition to its new store when it was announced that the site would mean the demolition of the midcentury modern movie theater the Terrace built by architects Liebenberg and Kaplan. Preservationists attempted to block the construction for months but never successfully raised the $10,00 to $15,000 for a feasibility study or came up with alternative plans for its use. The theater had sat vacant since 1999.

Hy-Vee officials pulled out of plans to build the grocery store after opposition started. “We didn’t need the fight,” said Edeker. The mayor and the developer eventually pulled Hy-Vee back.

The store will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and employ about 500 people with more than 110 full-time employees.

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633

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