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Grocery Store News: Is Hy-Vee coming to Inver Grove Heights?

With Rainbow Foods closing, IGH residents are hoping to attract another grocery store to the vacant location.
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Grocery Store News: Is Hy-Vee coming to Inver Grove Heights?

In late February, 2014, the Star Tribune reported that Hy-Vee, a Des Moines, Iowa-based supermarket chain with over 200 locations in eight states, announced plans to enter the Minnesota market.

In that article, Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker said that coming to Minnesota was a “natural progression” for the employee-owned grocery chain, telling the Star Tribune “We’ve looked at the Twin Cities literally for years off and on. But we really started looking seriously a year ago.”

With the Rainbow Foods closing in Inver Grove Heights, there is open space for a new grocery store in the city. Rumors have circulated throughout the city. Who will fill the space? Would another grocery store come to IGH? While another grocery store could still come to the city, we now know Hy-Vee’s plans based on a response from this Twitter exchange with Hy-Vee this morning:

There are currently 15 Hy-vee stores open in Minnesota, with the majority located in the southern portion of the state. Two other Twin Cities locations, one in Oakdale (which is also now hiring for those looking for a job) and one in New Hope, are opening soon. A third Rochester store will soon open, giving Iowa’s leading grocer 18 stores in the state.

While another grocery store may eventually come to IGH to fill the old Raindbow location, we now know one thing: It won’t be Hy-Vee – at least for now.

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3 Comments

  • Sara Wilkins says:

    I was told a while back by a local business owner that Hy-vee has already said “no” on IGH, at least for the old Rainbow site because the store footprint is too small for their current designs. Chances are even lower now that they’re looking into Eagan & Woodbury. Keep dreaming. Before Rainbow closed the employees sent a petition to Hy-vee to buy it, but they got no response. The one chain that makes the most sense is Coborns. There’s one in Hastings and they have many small stores around the state. They don’t focus on huge stores all the time.

    FYI…Rochester had had 3 Hy-vees for years…the one is #4

  • Paul Mandell says:

    Until our City’s EDA and City Council get serious and stop leading from the rear for fear of doing anything bold, don’t count on much of anything. And at this rate, they really need to start downzoning any vacant commercial to residential, maybe multi-family. They’ve been regularly downzoning all the areas zoned for density and we will never get to the critical mass needed for serious commercial.

  • Denise Olsen says:

    Hy-Vee is now being built in Eagan at the old Lockheed Martin site (Pilot Knob/Yankee Doodle). Several other restaurants and retail stores will be there as well. Speaks to why they won’t build in IGH. Better demographics and traffic (busiest intersection in Dakota County.

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