Hy-Vee announces plans for Twin Cities expansion

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Via Hy-Vee's Facebook

Watch out, Rainbow. Iowa's employee-owned supermarket, Hy-Vee, has announced plans to open several locations in the Twin Cities, in addition to the 17 southern Minnesota stores it currently operates. Hy-Vee currently has 235 stores in eight states and takes in $8 billion annually. The chain plans to spend $14-16 million on the approximately 90,000-square foot Twin Cities locations set to open in the next few years.

"We have been looking in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for a number of years and the time, I think, is right for retail expansion of all kinds. We started looking for properties in the area more seriously about a year ago," spokesperson Chris Friesleben said.

According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Hy-Vee is the 33rd largest employer in the state with 5,100 employees. With the upcoming expansion, it's estimated that the supermarket chain will employ another 400 to 500 Minnesotans.

"You can look for two or three stores new a year over the next several years. I don't know that we even know how many the market can handle, but our goal is to have a very significant presence in the Twin Cities area," Friesleben said. "Once we do have the property... it takes us anywhere from 11 to 13 months to build a store."

Hy-Vee locations often come equipped with pharmacies, small sit-down cafes, in-store dieticians, postal services, dry cleaning, floral shops, and coffee bars. More importantly, Hy-Vee is the maker and distributor of Heee Haw, our favorite Mountain Dew knockoff.

Hy-Vee's announcement comes just a month after Roundy's quietly revealed that it would be closing two Rainbow locations, in addition to the three locations that were shut down last year due to increasing competition from Walmart and Target. According to a Star Tribune article from January, Rainbow has fallen from second to fourth place in market shares over the last year.

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Emily Montesano
Emily Montesano

Bailey Zaun Amanda Goosen hyvee is coming here!!! :o

Keri Miller
Keri Miller

Trader Joes, Byerly/Lunds, a ton of Co-Ops, SuperTarget, Walmart Superstore, Costco, SAMs, Coborns, Aldi...

Meg Corcoran
Meg Corcoran

If only they could get AE dairy products up here, too!

Jeff Cagle
Jeff Cagle

Perhaps they'll help lower the prices of other supermarkets here.

Kari Koehler
Kari Koehler

An Iowan transplant will let you know how awesome Hy Vee is- glad to see them up here finally!

Melissa Mj
Melissa Mj

Hy-Vee is definitely a nice store, but you do pay for it.

Alison Draper
Alison Draper

Trish Gavin they usually have hy vee liquor stores attached to the store.

Linda Koskela
Linda Koskela

Hy-Vee is a very nice store. My daughter Tania worked there as a pharmacy tech. The store in Marshall, MN was big, bright, clean, always stocked and the prices were very nice. So glad they are setting up shop in the twin city area.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

Heard this 4 days ago.. City pages recycling news since it's inception

Jeff Wadeson
Jeff Wadeson

Hyvee ... A fine Iowa company... Employee owned and the best service I've ever had!!

Emily M Lippold Cheney
Emily M Lippold Cheney

CoMinnesota, Seward Community Co-op, Wedge Natural Foods Co-op - we've got an ESOP coming to town, we could engage them in conversations around greater worker control and democracy!

Danielle Daul Richter
Danielle Daul Richter

Sweet! Their meat department is superb! Nothing like what the cities are use to now.

Rachel Schafer
Rachel Schafer

Wages maybe low but they also do profit sharing for anyone who works there!!

Rachel Schafer
Rachel Schafer

New location is supposed to be in New Hope off of Rockford Road :)

Jay Holgate
Jay Holgate

oh dear. didn't see the wages part, there.

Jay Holgate
Jay Holgate

wahoo! the Hy-Vee Hee-Haw is delicious. Dr. Thunder is right up there, too.

Jane Keenan
Jane Keenan

I prefer to shop at union stores but I do like the employee owned idea too.

Brent Colquhoun
Brent Colquhoun

One for each of all the classes, selling foods to feed the masses. More waste, higher prices....... what a crock !

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

I'll apply for job. I have job now, just want sumptin different.

Jimmy Osterholt
Jimmy Osterholt

Hy-Vee is great. Every time I go back to Iowa I'm amazed at how much better the grocery stores (ie, Hy-Vees) are than ours.

Erin Whelan
Erin Whelan

I grew up in Iowa, and Hy-Vee is nostalgic for me. I'll definitely check out a new location if they come to St. Paul!

Alison Draper
Alison Draper

Love hy vee cant wait. There food quality is better then anything you will find at wal mart target or rainbow. And much cheaper then cubs outrageous prices. I miss hy vee so much now living in the cities hope in comes soon.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson

I didn't shop at Hy-Vee in Mankato initially, but they have earned some of my business.

Luis Rojas
Luis Rojas

I miss the old Rainbow foods before that chicago company bought them awhile back. they had great prices and the quality of food was 10X better than what it is now. Rainbow foods is basically a dump these days.

Melissa LeVasseur Lueth
Melissa LeVasseur Lueth

Rainbow got bought out they're all becoming Sun Foods. Hy Vee sucks very poor food quality.

Jennifer Boltjes
Jennifer Boltjes

I actually like Hy Vee. They're all around my hometown, and I kind of miss them.

Wed1
Wed1

Why are people so excited about this? I was glad to move out of my tiny hometown and have other options like the Wedge, WF, Kowlaski's. Unless you can't wait for their gross all you can eat buffet just move on. 

todaystheday
todaystheday

they don't care, they came into my town put the other mom and pop stores out of biz and pay their workers less... that's something to look forward to. 

todaystheday
todaystheday

They their meat from the same corp. farms cub and rainbow buys from.

bobob1916
bobob1916

Rainbow is owned by Roundy's a Milwaukee based company.


bobob1916
bobob1916

Rainbow is owned by Roundy's and they have not been bought out.


todaystheday
todaystheday

However, if they want to build more Kwick Trips I would welcome that with open arms. Does Super America have some deal with the metro, that place sucks. 

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