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Urbandale Hy-Vee Opens with Fanfare and Ribbon Cutting: PHOTOS

You can find pretty much anything in the clean and spacious new store, which is billed as the West Des Moines-based chain's largest. Dignitaries at Tuesday's opening included Gov. Terry Branstad.

The new Urbandale Hy-Vee may just be the coolest grocery store ever.

And I'm not the only one who thinks so. More than a hundred people turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning at 87th Street and Douglas Avenue, even Gov. Terry Branstad.

Store director Josh Asche said the event for him was "Overjoyous."

"This is a dream come true," Asche said. "Hy-Vee is all I've ever known."

Asche's been around Hy-Vees his entire life — his father was a store director as well, who opened a Hy-Vee in 1995. He said the store employees were "pumped up" for the grand opening. The store -- billed as the biggest in the chain -- increased the number of Hy-Vee jobs in Urbandale from 300 to 600, according to Asche.

"We're ready to rock," Asche said.

Inside

My first impression inside the new Hy-Vee is awe. The store is large, spacious, clean and filled with delicious-looking produce. Energetic music plays in the background that I can't help but keep time to. There's something about this Hy-Vee that is oddly hip.

I experience several jaw-dropping moments — the appearance of a vast rack of thinly-sliced deli meats, a milk bone bar for dogs, Italian gelato, a full-service restaurant and an olive and hummus bar.

The store is jam-packed with people checking it out, but it doesn't really feel crowded. There are stands with samples set up nearly everywhere around the store.

There's a vast display of cheese wheels and bakery cakes. In one corner, you can grab an order of sushi or pick up a flame-cooked pizza, followed by a smoothie from the Starbucks coffee in the corner.

Josh Asche also told me, "If we don't have it, we probably don't need it."

Looking at this store, I find myself inclined to agree with him.

Trish Soetaert August 15, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Congratulations, Josh, on your fabulous new store! You've worked hard & you deserve it. I'll try to stop by when I'm up for the Triathlon. Take care & see you soon!

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