NE: Hy-Vee to Unveil Biggest Store Yet in Gretna, With About 600 Full- and Part-Time Jobs | Trade and Industry Development

NE: Hy-Vee to Unveil Biggest Store Yet in Gretna, With About 600 Full- and Part-Time Jobs

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Jun 13, 2023
Hy-Vee is opening its largest supermarket to date, a 135,000-square-foot store in the city of Gretna, NE, just southwest of Omaha. 

Hy-Vee is opening its largest supermarket to date, a 135,000-square-foot store in the city of Gretna, NE, just southwest of Omaha. The Hy-Vee store will employ about 600 people, with approximately 130 of them full-time.

Under construction for more than a year, the Gretna Hy-Vee will carry about 120,000 items, with more than 6,300 specialty products, over 8,000 HealthMarket items and 3,500 fresh produce offerings, including 120 organic items. Hy-Vee said the Gretna store will “feature several newer departments and partnerships, as well as amenities that the company has become known for.”

According to published reports, those will include fresh-made tortillas, a Starbucks cafe, a candy shop, an expanded wine and spirits department—the largest of Hy-Vee locations in Omaha—and a Wahlburgers restaurant with an outdoor patio area that will offer beer, wine and spirits.

The location also will have a food hall serving prepared foods and providing on-site seating. Food vendors include Hy-Vee’s Market Grille (fried chicken and other American fare), Mia Italian (fresh-baked pizza), Hy-Chi (Asian food) and Long Island Deli (sandwiches, salads, gourmet cheese and other delicatessen items.

Customers also will find a 6,300-square-foot Aisles Online grocery delivery and pickup service area and, adjacent to the supermarket, a 4,250-square-foot Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh convenience store.

The Gretna Hy-Vee marks the latest iteration of the retailer’s large-format, “reimagined” grocery store concept that emerged in 2021. Those locations include stores opened in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (90,000 square feet); Grimes, Iowa (93,000 square feet); Springfield, Missouri (93,000-square feet); La Crosse, Wisconsin (105,000 square feet); Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin (125,000 square feet); and, most recently, in Janesville, Wisconsin (97,000 square feet), this past February.

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