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Hy-Vee planning another small format store in the Twin Cities

Apple Valley is set to get a 'Fast & Fresh' store.

Hy-Vee is planning another of its smaller-format "Fast & Fresh" stores in the Twin Cities.

The Iowa-based grocery chain made its entry into the Twin Cities grocery market a few years back and has expanded its presence quickly since then.

The Fast & Fresh stores are a fraction of the size of Hy-Vee's full-size supermarkets, and are likely to provide competition to gas station convenience stores, a market currently dominated by Super America, Holiday and Kwik Trip.

Hy-Vee has already announced it intends to open Fast & Fresh locations in Lakeville, Gem Lake and Columbia Heights, now it's planning to do the same in Apple Valley.

The Apple Valley Planning Commission gave Hy-Vee's plan its first hearing at a meeting earlier this week, and will meet again before the end of the month.

The grocery chain wants to build a 4,400 square foot store with a gas station at the corner of County 42 and Pennock Lane.

It's smaller than some of the other Fast & Fresh locations planned in the Twin Cities – half the size of the store planned for Lakeville, and it won't come with the drive-through Starbucks or a liquor store.

The Business Journals reports that Hy-Vee currently has 9 stores in the Twin Cities metro.

In other Apple Valley grocery store news, the Star Tribune reports that Lunds & Byerlys has selected the south metro city for its 28th metro area location.

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