Hy-Vee is investing $90 million in store improvements in the Kansas City metro area, and is rebranding some Hy-Vee Gas locations to the new Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express format.
West, Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee operates more than 260 stores across eight Midwestern states.
The grocery and c-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, updated convenience stores.
Construction has already begun at several locations, with most remodels expected to be complete by early 2020, according to Chain Storage Age.
“Hy-Vee has a proud history in the Kansas City metro area, opening our first store in Overland Park in 1988,” Jeremy Gosch, Hy-Vee executive VP, co-COO and chief retail officer, Hy-Vee, told Chain Storage Age. “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.”
Updates will vary by location, but most will 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.
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.