Hy-Vee is planning to open two locations in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the grocery chain's first two stores in the state, reports Progressive Grocer. The company is looking to open its first location this year in Spring Hill, about 35 miles south of Nashville.
The Murfreesboro Planning Commission recently approved plans for the Hy-Vee stores. One will be 116,000 square feet and include gas pumps and a 6,000-square-foot convenience store, the other will be 153,051 square feet, including a 10,126 square-foot liquor store.
The company said in recent years that it would be expanding its footprint into several new states, among them Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, reports PG.
“Hy-Vee made a great decision to locate its first Tennessee store in Spring Hill — and we welcome them,” said Spring Hill Mayor Jim Hagaman when the store was initially announced last year. “Having surpassed 50,000 in population, our city continues to be a favored destination for additional specialty and high-end firms. Our residents are in the drivers’ seat and like doing business locally.”
Employee-owned Hy-Vee operates more than 285 retail stores across eight Midwestern states, with sales of more than $13 billion annually. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based company has a team of more than 80,000 employees and is No. 36 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. PG also named Hy-Vee as a 2023 Top Regional.