By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
A new Hy-Vee Store in Sioux City is officially open for business.
The new Hy-Vee Mainstreet at 2600 Pierce Street, across from Unity Point St. Luke's, is nearly double the size of the drug store it replaces.
There's only two others like it in Iowa, but this is the first one built from the ground up.
The price tag on the project is three-million-dollars.
There are frozen foods, a meat counter, and a dining area.
The mainstreet concept is smaller than typical Hy-Vee stores which are 70 to 80,000 square feet.
However, officials say this neighborhood market is still large enough to meet the needs of the area.
"In one of those stores we may have 40 kinds of hamburger helper, we have ten. Or, instead of having four different types and styles of bananas, we have two. We have pretty much everything those stores have, but we don't have as many varieties,” said Tim Stupka, Assistant Vice President of Operations for Hy-Vee’s northern district.
Sixty new employees were hired to work at the new Hy-Vee.
We caught up with one shopper who already had a full grocery cart minutes after the store opened its doors.
"I've used the other store a lot, but what I like about this, there's so much more. You don't have to go somewhere else, you can come here,” said Grace Hawkins.
The old drug store will be turned into a parking lot in six weeks.
Thursday, July 24 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:45:46 GMT
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