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Hy-Vee Gas Becoming Fast & Fresh Express

Grocer investing $90 million to remodel supermarkets, c-stores
Photographs courtesy of Hy-Vee

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Grocery and convenience retailer Hy-Vee Inc. is remodeling 14 of its Kansas and Missouri stores, a $90 million initiative that will include refreshed convenience stores in some of the locations. The company is also rebranding Hy-Vee Gas locations to Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express locations.

The Hy-Vee grocery stores are in Kansas City (2), Liberty, Blue Springs, Gladstone and Independence, Mo.; and Shawnee, Overland Park (2), Prairie Village, Lenexa and Lawrence, Kan. It will also remodel several other stores in the area starting in 2020.

The remodeling initiative also includes Hy-Vee’s new Kansas City Fulfillment Center. It will open this fall to serve the area’s Hy-Vee Aisles Online grocery pickup and delivery customers.

  • Hy-Vee is No. 42 in CSP’s 2019 Top 202 ranking of convenience-store chains by number of retail outlets.

The rebranding of the c-stores is first being accomplished in conjunction with the remodeling of the grocery stores. “Eventually,” all 157 Hy-Vee Gas locations will become Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express locations, company spokesperson Christina Gayman told CSP Daily News. There are currently 17 Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh and Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express locations.

“In addition to a new exterior look, including the Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express signage, the locations will offer customers a variety of meal and snack options, including Nori Sushi, healthy home meal options, Hy-Vee Short Cuts grab-and-go fruits and vegetables and other food choices for busy customers,” she said.

For the Hy-Vee grocery stores, the remodeling includes new foodservice offerings such as Mia Pizza, hibachi and sushi islands, the relocation and upgrade of existing in-store Starbucks locations, the addition of self-checkout, updated signage and enhanced health and wellness services, among other changes. Construction is underway at several locations, and the company expects to complete most remodels 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, executive vice president, co-chief operating officer and chief retail officer for Hy-Vee. “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.”

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 260 retail stores in eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually.

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