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A crowd enters Hy-Vee Inc.'s first Springfield store, which opened Oct. 18 at 6 a.m.
A crowd enters Hy-Vee Inc.'s first Springfield store, which opened Oct. 18 at 6 a.m.

Hy-Vee opens its doors

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Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Inc. opened its first location in the Springfield market, an 86,000-square-foot store at 1720 W. Battlefield Road, at 6 a.m.

Mike Hoppman, director of the Springfield Hy-Vee, said the store - which cost roughly $17 million to build - has been "very, very busy" since opening this morning.

The store, across the street from a Dillon's Supermarket, features a full kitchen, a food court with dining room and an on-site dietician.

Hoppman, a Hy-Vee employee for 22 years and previously the director of a store in Eldora, Iowa, said the Springfield store employs 527 people, including head chef Chadwick Isom, who previously served as chef for Victory Trade School.

"Our company is getting big into not just food but teaching about food, hence the dietitians and the chefs. They make a great pair," Hoppman said, adding that Hy-Vee chefs perform demonstrations to showcase food preparedness methods.

In summer 2010, the city approved a community improvement district for the 14.5-acre area at the corner of Kansas Expressway and Battlefield Road, paving the way for a half-cent sales tax to be charged within the district to fund infrastructure improvements, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Weitz served as general contractor for the store, with architect Hy-Vee Engineering and engineers Emory Sapp & Sons Inc., civil; Doing Steel Fabrication LLC, structural; Gold Mechanical Inc., mechanical; Fitch Electric LLC, electrical; and Kimberling City Plumbing Inc., plumbing. CJW Transportation Consultants LLC handled the transportation and road improvements associated with the project.

Hy-Vee Inc. operates more than 220 retail stores in eight states - Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.[[In-content Ad]]

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