New Hy-Vee Convenience Store in Cedar Rapids opening next month

Expansion of other stores to begin next month with Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee

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The newest Hy-Vee Convenience Store in the Corridor will open next month at 2300 Bowling St. SW in Cedar Rapids, across the street from the Wilson Avenue SW Hy-Vee Food Store.

Ruth Comer, assistant vice president of West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee, said the store will be similar to the company's facility at 1440 32nd St. NE.

"We are planning a two-bay car wash at the Wilson Avenue SW Hy-Vee Convenience Store in the near future," Comer said.

Hy-Vee purchased the former Novak Sinclair service station at Bowling Street and Wilson Avenue SW to make way for the convenience store. Novak Sinclair closed in early December.

Comer said construction will begin next month of a 10,000-square-foot expansion of the Hy-Vee at 4035 Mount Vernon Rd. SE and a 25,000-square-foot addition to the company's supermarket at 1914 Eighth St. in Coralville.

The Cedar Rapids store will grow to 71,400 square feet and the Coralville supermarket will expand to about 90,000 square feet.

Comer said Hy-Vee will add Market Cafe, a restaurant and bar serving sandwiches and appetizers as well as beer and wine, at both locations pending the approval of licenses and permits. The concept is relatively new for Hy-Vee, which has restaurants in stores in Urbandale, Iowa; Madison, Wis., and Overland Park, Kan.

"We expect both expansions to take about a year to complete because the stores will remain open during construction," Comer said. "We can actually build an entirely new store in a shorter period of time."

Hy-Vee expects to start construction early next year on a new 50,000-square-foot supermarket at 1109 and 1123 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City. The store, built on the site of the former Roberts Dairy, will replace an existing Hy-Vee at 1201 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City.

Hy-Vee/Weitz Construction will be the general contractor for all of the expansion projects. The 17-year-old joint venture also will be the general contractor for a 92,000-square-foot store in Ankeny and a store of similar size in Waukee.

Comer said Hy-Vee's capital improvement plan includes developing stores in new markets and renovating stores in existing locations, including three in metropolitan Des Moines. She said new larger-size stores cost about $15 million.

Hy-Vee, an employee-owned company with about 63,000 associates, operates 233 stores in eight Midwestern states. The company recorded sales of $7.7 billion in 2012, ranking it among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the nation.

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