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The Spring Lake Park Hy-Vee, 8155 Central Ave. NE, is set to open in spring of 2020.

Those eager for a Hy-Vee grocery store to open in Anoka County will have to wait a little longer.

According to Hy-Vee communications representative Christina Gayman, the soonest the county will see a new Hy-Vee is spring of 2020 in Spring Lake Park. This timeline is a departure from the originally projected opening dates for planned stores in Spring Lake Park, Columbia Heights and Blaine.

Spring Lake Park

The Spring Lake Park store, 8155 Central Ave. NE, was initially set to open this fall, but now the store will be ready this spring, Gayman said.

Work at this location began last year and is ongoing.

The store will be 76,000 square feet, including an 8,700-square-foot cafe. An on-site convenience store and gas station are also planned at the corner of 81st Avenue Northeast and Central Avenue Northeast.

Early in 2018 the city sold its municipal liquor store, Central Park Liquor, at Hy-Vee’s new location for $1.15 million. The rest of the site was vacant.

The city approved the final plat and site development Jan. 16, 2018.

Blaine

Hy-Vee has yet to start construction on its location in Blaine at 210 125th Ave. NE. Construction is set to begin sometime in 2020, Gayman said, so it’s “safe to say” the store will open in 2021.

Plans originally called for crews to break ground at the location in 2018 with an opening at the end of this year.

Shoppers can expect a nearly 85,000-square-foot development that includes a grocery store, a liquor store, a restaurant, a pharmacy, a clinic, a cafe and postal service.

Columbia Heights

There are currently no updates on the timeline for the planned Columbia Heights Hy-Vee, Gayman said.

“It’s our intention to still build on this site, we just have other locations that are in construction first,” Gayman said. “It’s still working on an internal timeline here at Hy-Vee, but there’s just nothing to share publicly as an update.”

In 2016 Hy-Vee purchased the building that used to house Rainbow Foods and Slumberland Clearance Center at 4300 Central Ave. NE. At that time the city expected the grocery store would be complete by the end of 2018.

In December 2018 Hy-Vee started the abatement process to remove hazardous materials from the property. At that time, Hy-Vee was set to have renovations done by the end of February 2020.

The building is being renovated into a more than 90,000-square-foot grocery store, according to site plans for the building.

In June 2018, the city approved additional plans for Hy-Vee to develop a separate vacant property at 4707 Central Ave. NE into a convenience store and gas station known as Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh.

Plans for the Fast & Fresh location say the 4,500-square-foot store will have six gas pumps that can serve 12 vehicles at once.

The smaller store was proposed to be a “retail store providing convenient total meal solutions to busy customers who don’t have time or want to shop a full-sized grocery store.”

The plans Hy-Vee submitted to the city have since expired because site plans are good for up to one year, City Planner Elizabeth Hammond said. The city will have to review the grocery chain’s proposed plans before Hy-Vee can start renovating, Hammond said.

“We’re still hopeful that it’s going to work out here,” Hammond said. “At the end of the day, we really think a grocery store would do well here.”

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