Residents in the southwest corner of the city of Maple Grove finally have a place to shop for groceries, freshly-made foods, housewares, gifts, bath and beauty products and more, all without having to get on or cross a freeway.

The new Maple Grove Hy-Vee, 18755 70th Way N., opened its doors at 6 a.m. Oct. 15. This is the 12th Hy-Vee store that has opened in the Twin Cities.

Randy Edeker, CEO of Hy-Vee, said, “We’ve had this [Maple Grove] spot for probably well over a year and a half. And sometimes people want us to build but we have to wait for more to build before we begin. We think the time is right now, so we’re super excited. This store has a lot of new things.”

The approximate 92,000-square-foot convenience store will feature a variety of over 7,000 food items, include specialty and fresh produce and organic. The store also has some other amenities for its shoppers.

The Maple Grove location will also feature Basin, a beauty brand specializing in all-natural bath and body products. Beauty experts create a fun environment for customers to find their favorite Basin bath bombs, cut soap and body products, as well as several high-end cosmetic and fragrance brand offerings.

Tina Potthoff, vice president of communications at Hy-Vee, said, “We have a lot of women’s and men’s fragrances. This past year we really started to expand our health and beauty line.”

Maple Grove Hy-Vee is the first store to have a candy shop. “This is the very first store to ever get it out of all of our 264 stores,”  Potthoff said. “We’re pretty excited about this one. We think that this will be a big attraction to adults and kids alike.”

The candy shop features a variety of candies and sweets, including some specialty items and a free mechanical unicorn ride. There is also an area to take some fun photos. “We wanted to make a fun destination place,” Potthoff added.

A new housewares department is new to Hy-Vee and is at the Maple Grove. There is an expanded section, with table settings, flatware, textiles and cooking equipment available for purchase. There is even a kitchen setting display that will change with the seasons or with new products. Potthoff added that people enjoy the recipes in the Hy-Vee Season’s magazine, but they also enjoy some of the items displaying the food. Customers can now purchase some of those trays, dishes and servers at the store.

There is a large, open dining area for fast-casual dining with a full-service bar. This area has a large fireplace and 22 televisions that will even air Vikings games on game days. There is seating for 230 people.

Other quick-take meal options are from Market Grill Express, Hictory House Comfort Foods, Mia Pizza, Asian Hibachi and Sushi.

A fresh salad bar, charcuterie, specialty cheese and artisan bread, a large wine and spirits shop with a walk-in beer cooler; a pharmacy with drive-up window; an in-store dietitian are part of what the location offers. There is in-store Starbucks, mother’s room, dry cleaning and postal services, wine and spirits, HyVee Aisles Online grocery delivery and pickup service as well.

The store is one of the first to display the newly unveiled Hy-Vee Floral logo at its floral shop.

Another feature of the new store is an Allina Health Everyday Clinic inside. This is the seventh clinic inside a Hy-Vee store in the Twin Cities. Patients can walk in for care or schedule an appointment online through their Allina Health account or at allinahealth.org/everydayclinic. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. It will be staffed by Allina Health board-certified advance practice clinicians and offer convenient care for minor illnesses and injuries and rapid laboratory testing for patients aged 18 months and older.

Outside of the store is a Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh Express. This is a standalone convenience store located in front of the store and parking lot, closer to Bass Lake Road. Customers can find select grocery items, some fresh prepared foods and fuel.

Jack Stortenbecker, Maple Grove Hy-Vee store manager, said he is super excited for the store to open. He and his family moved to the area three months ago.

“We’re really excited for everybody to come in the building so they see what we built for them,” Stortenbecker said. “I’m just happy to be here as a citizen in the community, and that’s really what Hy-Vee does best. This company allows me to be part of my community in a way that so many companies don’t have that ability.”

He added that will be able to go to the church or the school down the road and ask if they want to partner together on projects. “My first memory with Hy-Vee was I went in and did an Oreo stacking contest and I won a little scooter. That’s so cool that I can just go out and buy scooters and have Oreo stacking contests and give kids scooters. So that’s why I’m excited to be in this community and to be able to do that kind of stuff.”

This Maple Grove location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh Express is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Hy-Vee also has another location planned in Maple Grove near Hwy. 610 and Maple Grove Parkway. Construction will begin on that location when the time is right, Edeker stated.

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