Workers are putting the final touches on a new Hy-Vee supermarket set to open Tuesday in the Sheridan Village shopping center in Peoria.
The 84,000-square-foot store is the first in Peoria for the Iowa-based retailer, which operates a total of 229 supermarkets and drug stores in eight Midwestern states.
Hy-Vee currently has 12 stores in Illinois and recently announced plans to build a supermarket in the Sycamore/DeKalb market.
The new Peoria Hy-Vee represents an investment of more than $17 million and the addition of more than 450 jobs to the local economy.
The store director, Dan Simon, and some of the department heads transferred to Peoria from other Hy-Vee locations, but the majority of the new positions have been filled by area residents.
The Peoria Hy-Vee store reflects the company's emphasis on freshness, convenience and a whole-health approach to providing products and services for today's lifestyles.
It features a large food court offering a variety of meals prepared fresh in the store, including homestyle favorites such as fried chicken and meat loaf, Chinese and Italian entrees, deli sandwiches, a soup and salad bar and fresh sushi.
Customers can eat in the casual dining area, order hot foods for takeout, or pick up packaged meals to go.
Freshness is also evident in the expansive departments dedicated to produce, bakery, meat and seafood products.
Hy-Vee's commitment to health and wellness will also be seen in the pharmacy department and the services of an in-store dietitian.
The HealthMarket, a "store within a store" for natural and organic products, includes a large selection of gluten-free items and other foods for those with special dietary needs.
One of the store's most unique features is a Hy-Vee Club room. Outfitted with tables, chairs and a full kitchen, the room is used for cooking classes, educational programs, wine tastings and other special events, and can be rented by outside groups for meetings, parties and receptions.
Other amenities of the Peoria Hy-Vee include a Caribou Coffee outlet, a floral shop with delivery service, a wine and spirits store, a sport shop carrying local high school and Bradley University apparel, and a host of services such as UPS, Western Union, dry cleaning, photo developing.
Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens, President Randy Edeker and other officials will be in Peoria on Monday to meet with employees prior to the opening.
The store will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 9 a.m.
The Peoria Hy-Vee will be open 24 hours a day.
For more information, visit the company's website at www.hy-vee.com.