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:
@EatIgh No current plans, but we will share with our store planners for their review. Thank you for the suggestion!
— Hy-Vee (@HyVee) July 20, 2015
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.