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Hy-Vee has upped the ante in the local grocery game with its new Urbandale supermarket that opens 6 a.m. Aug. 14. The combined food store, restaurant, coffee shop, sushi bar, health store, take-out food department, cooking education station and cheese shop is housed in more than 95,000 square feet. It’s the grocery store chain’s newest concept store, and it’s likely to wow and overwhelm shoppers all at once.
To help with ease of shopping, the store features wide aisles, tons of natural light from nearly 100 skylights, almost double the number of workers and easy-to-read signage. The increased selection of groceries, produce, dairy, meat, bakery and prepared foods will give shoppers more options.
The 24-hour store, at 86th Street and Douglas Avenue, replaced a smaller, older store at that site. Hy-Vee ceased operations for a month after the new store was built, so that it could raze the old store and put in a parking lot. Shoppers have been wandering into the new store thinking it was already open, said Josh Asche, store director. Hy-Vee kept the Midwest Heritage Bank office and its pharmacy open during the transition.
Highlights of the Urbandale Hy-Vee include: • An Italian gelato stand with 16 flavors, which sits next to a Starbucks shop. • A lounge with seating for 10 around a stone fireplace. • Wi-Fi. • Made-to-order sushi bar.
• Full-service restaurant called Market Fresh Grille, with waiters and waitresses after 4 p.m. and a menu that features aged steaks and chops, chicken, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads and pizza made in a wood oven. The restaurant also features a bar with a limited wine selection and 65 craft beers. • An oatmeal bar that features eight kinds of oatmeal and toppings. The oatmeal bar converts to a soup bar for lunch and dinner. • Prepared take-home entrees such as stuffed shrimp, smoked salmon cakes, lasagna and rouladen.