Hy-Vee Eau Claire to hold grand opening September 28
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Eau Claire’s newest grocery store is holding a grand opening on Tuesday, September 28.
The announcement was made by Hy-Vee on Facebook Tuesday morning.
Hy-Vee wrote in the event listing that the first 100 customers would receive a “Hy-Vee swag bag” when the store opened at 6 a.m. The store will also hold a car show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. which will feature its Indy 500 show car.
In a news release in August, Hy-vee Eau Claire store director Brandon Hofeldt wrote that Hy-Vee is excited to become part of the Eau Claire community. The release also indicated that the store was still hiring for a number of positions. As of Tuesday, 32 positions, most of them part-time, were available on Hy-Vee’s career page for the new Eau Claire location.
The 92,000-square foot building will include a Wahlburger’s restaurant, Nori Sushi, DWS Shoes, and Joe Fresh. There will also be a full wine and spirits section after gaining approval from the Eau Claire City Council to both serve alcohol in its restaurant and sell alcohol in the store aisles. The store will be open from 5 a.m. until midnight seven days a week regularly. The Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Convenience Store has been open since May, and is located west of the new grocery store.
Hy-Vee’s storefront will face west, which is a change from the old layout of K-Mart, which faced south before it was razed to make way for the new store. Initial planning and research sought vehicle access directly from Clairemont Avenue, but after the Wisconsin Department of Transportation analyzed traffic studies, that part of the plan was denied.
The entire project, including the removal of the old K-Mart building and the construction of the new Hy-Vee, was estimated to cost $9.2 million.
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