Reports: Hy-Vee to build 50 in-store restaurants

Supermarket chain hires Kansas City, Mo.-based engineering firm for project

NEW YORK — Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee will renovate 50 of its stores to include casual dining and cocktails, according to published reports.

The Kansas City, Mo., Star reported that locally based engineering and construction firm Burns & McDonnell had received a $20 million contract from the West Des Moines, Iowa-based chain to build Market Grille and Market Café restaurants in the stores.

According to the Des Moines, Iowa, Register, the Market Grille locations are full-service restaurants with waiters who serve various entrees and cocktails, while Market Café includes a smaller food menu and beer and wine.

Hy-Vee's plans include 10 Market Grille restaurants and 40 Market Café locations. The upgrades will be at stores in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota and South Dakota, with construction scheduled for next month.

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