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The Des Moines Register reports that Hy-Vee is building the largest store in its fleet at 91,000 square feet on the city’s south side. The unit is actually a 39,000 square foot expansion of an existing unit that is expected to be completed early next year.

“When complete,” the Register reports, “the store will include a Starbucks coffee shop, a room for cooking and wine classes, a walk-in medical clinic, and a wine and spirits store. The selection of baby products and pet products will also be expanded, and a health market, which will employ a dietitian, will sell organic products. A Hy-Vee convenience store and gas station will be built in front of the grocery store.”

Reflecting the company’s broader approach to people management, according to the story, “store employees made their mark on the new structure Monday by signing one of the beams that will be used in its completion. Store Director Wes Snook pointed out the space where the beam will hang, and he told the workers they would always be part of the new store.”
KC's View:
That is just very, very cool. And it is what separates Hy-Vee from so many other companies.

The employees may be signing a beam. But what they are providing, in a very real sense, is the company’s foundation.