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The Des Moines register reports that Hy-Vee is opening a new Fast & Fresh store - its third - that “aims to provide groceries, prepared foods, gas and convenience store items at a smaller scale than a typical Hy-Vee grocery store. However, the stores are bigger than a typical convenience store and offer grocery necessities like fresh foods and pre-made dishes that can be warmed up quickly at home.”

The store, in northwest Des Moines, “will also offer a growler and crowler craft beer station, Hy-Vee Aisles Online pickup, sushi, an alcohol section and 16 gas pumps. It also includes a Starbucks coffee drive-thru.”

At the same time, Hy-Vee is said to have received approvals from New Hope, Minnesota, officials for a new three-lane, drive-thru, online order, pickup kiosk at its store there, designed to serve customers who use Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online e-commerce service.
KC's View:
Smart on all counts. It is incredibly important to keep testing new ideas and pushing the envelope. Remember the line, “Always be closing,” from Glengarry Glen Ross? These days, it is Always be innovating.