MINNEAPOLIS – Financially beset Hy-Vee is selling land where it had planned to build new grocery  stores in the Twin Cities. A company statement spun the decision this way: The sites “are not properly situated” for the giant 150,000-quare foot stores that were planned. The sites were acquired separately in recent years. They are in Blaine, Chaska, Farmington, Maple Grove and West St. Paul. No existing stores being closed, the company said. The decision is part of the company’s downshift from its rapid expansion mode. Superstore ventures beyond Hy-Vee’s traditional Iowa-centric territory are being abandoned. These stores reportedly include projects in Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; and Nashville, Tennessee. In LaCrosse, Wisconsin, a mega-store is under construction at Valley View Mall. A completion date was never announced. It appears that construction is in abeyance.

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Hy-Vee regional footprint

Minnesota: Albert Lea, Austin, Brooklyn Park, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Fairmont, Faribault, Glencoe, Kasson, Lakeville (two stores), Mankato (too stores), , Maple Grove, Maplewood, Marshall, New Hope, New Prague, New Ulm, Oakdale, Owatonna, Plainview, Plymouth, Preston, Robbinsdale, Rochester (four stores), Savage, Shakopee, Spring Lake Park, Spring Valley St. Charles, St. Peter, Stewartville, Windom, Winona, Worthington, Zumbrota.

Wisconsin: Eau Claire (two stores), Fitchburg, Madison (two stores).