DAVENPORT — A first-of-its-kind convenience store-style Hy-Vee opened Tuesday at 3200 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport.
The 10,000-square-foot Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh includes a miniature grocery store, gas station and Starbucks with a drive-thru. Fast & Fresh is a new company-wide concept for the grocery store chain, said John Griesenbrock, regional vice president for Hy-Vee's south-central region.
"Davenport has been a great Hy-Vee city, and with how busy this intersection is, we expect the store to be full," Griesenbrock said. "It's great to have a Starbucks drive-thru here, and customers can pull in quickly on their way home or to work and get a salad, soup or supper for that night.
"It's going to be ultra convenient for the busy consumer," said Griesenbrock. He said Hy-Vee plans to open a Fast & Fresh in Altoona next year.
The Davenport Fast & Fresh offers grocery items such as produce, baked goods, frozen items, dairy and meat, plus grab-and-go meals. It also features made-to-order wood-oven pizza, sushi, take-and-heat meals and mealtime kits, as well as wine, beer and spirits, along with a growler craft beer station.
"It's basically a mini grocery store with all of what you'd consider as convenience store staples, like fountain drinks," Griesenbrock said. "And it has all of the items really sought after by the consumer.
"I think everything that matters is under one roof," he said. "It's really for people on the go that don't have a lot of time to shop, that want quick meal solutions and quick staple items."
The gas station includes 14 fuel pumps. The store has 55 employees and is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Starbucks is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
Griesenbrock said the Fast & Fresh model is a concept Hy-Vee expects to "really grow with."
"We like that you don't need eight acres of land. You need a much smaller parcel and we're utilizing every square inch to its fullest potential," he said. "And given that we have almost everything the consumer needs, it makes this a great option."