Grocery store based in Des Moines, Iowa Hy Vee is entering the Tennessee market with its first store set to open in Spring Hill.
Hy-Vee has secured 17 acres at the corner of Buckner Lane and June Lake Boulevard in the new June Lake Walkway development in Spring Hill. The company has submitted initial plans to the City of Spring Hill, which call for an approximately 160,000 square foot store with tentative plans to open in 2023.
This announcement marks the first commercial tenant for the June Lake development currently under construction along Buckner Lane and I-65. The 775-acre project is ultimately expected to include 2,900 residential units, 3.9 million square feet of office space, 1.3 million square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 400 hotel rooms. There is also a planned interchange on I-65 at June Lake Boulevard that is under construction and expected to operate in 2023.
Don Alexander, project manager at developer Southeast Venture, said June Lake’s masterplan calls for a grocery store there, though Hy-Vee’s plans are slightly larger than originally planned.
“Their arrival in June Lake and the footprint they plan to make continues to allow us to create a special and unique neighborhood in Spring Hill that provides walkable access, downtown, working community and open space” , Alexander said. , it’s a little bigger than we originally planned, but it still allows us to preserve the walkability on the north side of June Lake Blvd.”
Concept plans submitted to the City of Spring Hill propose the 162,100 square foot grocery store and a 4,100 square foot convenience store with fuel sales.
During the Spring Hill Planning Commission business session on Monday evening, several Hy-Vee executives were in town to present on the company and showed stores including Starbucks, Wahlburgers, DSW shoe stores, a restaurant with lounge area, an artisan bakery, a candy store, and the Health Market, although it has not been decided exactly what the Spring Hill location will include.
The Hy-Vee concept plan identifies alcohol and liquor sales as a stand-alone store to be incorporated into the overall design of the retail structure, but it is unclear whether this will be permitted or not.
Hy-Vee Chairman and CEO Randy Edeker said in a statement that as the company continues to grow and evolve, it’s time to expand its footprint beyond the Midwest.
“As customers’ shopping habits change and their needs evolve, we have services and offerings that we believe will bring a whole new retail experience to those in Tennessee,” the statement continued.
Spring Hill Mayor Jim Hagaman added that the City of Spring Hill is pleased to welcome Hy-Vee to the community. “Having surpassed 50,000 residents, our city continues to be a preferred destination for other specialty and high-end businesses. Our residents are in the driver’s seat and enjoy doing business locally.
This store will be one of the company’s first locations to open in the Southeast, following recent openings in Indiana and Kentucky. Hy-Vee recently announced expansion into several new states including Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.
Currently, Hy-Vee operates 328 retail stores in eight Midwestern states including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.