Hy-Vee to Test Smaller Store Model in Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb. Hy-Vee Inc. is planning to test a small format in Lincoln, Neb. that will serve a neighborhood where the employee-owned chain is closing its full-sized supermarket.

The store will be approximately 20,000 to 25,000 sq. ft. larger than a convenience store and without the limitations of that format, but smaller than Hy-Vee's metropolitan supermarkets.

Hy-Vee said the store's floor plans are still being drawn up, and that it would release more details over the next four to six weeks. Once final plans are approved, the grocer will set a timetable for construction and re-opening.

The neighborhood’s existing store will close this Sunday, while a larger Hy-Vee will open two miles away next Tuesday.