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Hy-Vee invests $90 million in store improvements

Hy-Vee has embarked on a store remodel in the Kansas City metro area.

The Midwestern supermarket and convenience store retailer is remodeling 14 of its locations in Kansas and Missouri in the area to include unique food-service offerings, new departments, updated signage, enhanced health and wellness services and – in some cases – refreshed convenience stores. Construction is already underway at several locations, with most remodels expected to be complete by early 2020.

“Hy-Vee has a proud history in the Kansas City metro area, opening our first store in Overland Park in 1988,” said Jeremy Gosch, Hy-Vee executive VP, co-COO and chief retail officer, Hy-Vee, which operates more than 260 stores across eight Midwestern states. “Thirty-one years later, we have 24 stores serving Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and Manhattan and are excited to make this nearly $90 million investment in an area that has been a great home to Hy-Vee.”

The scope of the updates will vary by location. But the general renovations include new food service options such as Mia Pizza, Hibachi and sushi islands, beauty department expansions, relocation and upgrade of existing in-store Starbucks locations, new floral departments, gifting departments and self-checkout lanes. And Joe Fresh clothing is being added to the mix.

In addition, some Hy-Vee Gas locations are being rebranded to the new Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express format.

Included in Hy-Vee’s $90 million investment is a fulfillment center in Kansas City that will open later this fall. It will service the grocery’s pickup and delivery service in the area.
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