Oakdale Hy-Vee opens

The Hy-Vee in Oakdale, located at 7180 10th St. No., opened Sept. 22.  The spacious fruit and vegetable produce section includes homegrown and organic selections. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Hy-Vee in Oakdale, located at 7180 10th St. No., opened Sept. 22. The spacious fruit and vegetable produce section includes homegrown and organic selections. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The store also has a pharmacy, Starbucks, North Memorial Express Clinic, Market Grille, and a drive-thru pick up. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The store also has a pharmacy, Starbucks, North Memorial Express Clinic, Market Grille, and a drive-thru pick up. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Chef prepared creations are available.  (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Chef prepared creations are available. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Company has plans for 20 stores in Twin Cities

The new Oakdale Hy-Vee store was abuzz with activity Monday afternoon, as dozens of employees in crisp new uniforms put the finishing touches on the 90,000-square-foot store the day before its much-anticipated grand opening Sept. 22.

Store director Dan Wellinghoff showed off the Iowa-based retailer's newest store to a handful of reporters, city staff and elected officials that afternoon. The New Hope location also opened Tuesday.

Everything seemed to be in order, except for the large section of 10th Street North between Century and Hadley avenues still under construction opening day. A construction crew was still hard at work with a mill-and-overlay project city council members had hoped would be completed prior to Hy-Vee’s debut. 

Washington County Commissioner Ted Bearth, who took the tour, said the county project, which includes a new sidewalk and underground utilities along the roadway, should be completed within the next couple weeks.

Bearth said he was impressed with all the fresh produce on the shelves and the quality and variety of freshly prepared foods at the store, adding he enjoyed a recent meal he had in Hy-Vee’s restaurant, Market Grille, during a special trial run for the restaurant.

Wellinghoff said the full-service restaurant and bar will offer its full menu for takeout. Customers also have the option to phone in orders ahead of time and have them delivered to their vehicles.

“We’re very eager to serve customers in Oakdale,” Hy-Vee’s vice president of operations Jamie Franck said.

Localized selection

An aspect that sets Hy-Vee apart from other stores, presenters said, is each store's ability to stock foods or brands local customers want -- and even to lower prices.

The Oakdale store has the largest selection of homeopathic products of any of the retailer’s 230+ stores, and boasts over 6,000 natural and organic products, as well as over 1,200 produce items, Franck said.

The supermarket is located at the site of the old Oakdale Mall, near the northwest corner of the Interstate 694 and Tenth Street North intersection.

The $26 million store has over 51,000 items in stock, and a total of 660 employee, 155 of them working full time.

The retail complex includes an express clinic, liquor store, pharmacy, full-service restaurant, convenience store and gas station. It also features in-store chefs, dietitians, cooking demonstration stations, a sushi bar, a pharmacy, bulk foods section, as well as postal and dry cleaning services.

Longtime City Council member Lori Pulkrabek visited the store for the first time Monday.

“It exceeds my expectations," she said. "From back in 2008 when we made it a priority to redevelop the old Oakdale Mall site, and here we are in 2015 and it’s finally here. It is truly amazing."

Hy-Vee’s Oakdale and New Hope stores mark the employee-owned company’s entry into the competitive Twin Cities market. The company plans to open four or five stores per year in the metro over the next several years.

Franck predicted new Hy-Vee customers will be most pleased with its responsive, individualized service.

“We empower our employees to do anything for our customers,” he said.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

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