Of all the buildings that weren’t rebuilt thanks to last August’s derecho, none have hurt more in the town of Marion than the Hy-Vee Pharmacy. The Hy-Vee Drugstore locations were great. These are smaller, more compact versions of a Hy-Vee grocery store. Sure, they won’t have everything a big Hy-Vee does, but if you’re in a rush and just need toilet paper, trash bags, and a Marion trash tag, this is the place to be. to go ! Hy-Vee has finally announced what will be built on the land along 7th Avenue in Marion.
The opening at the end of 2021 will be a new one Fast and Fresh Hy-Vee place, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Like the old Hy-Vee Drugstore stores, the Fast and Fresh stores, like the photo above in Coralville, are also smaller, condensed versions of a Hy-Vee grocery store. This will be Hy-Vee’s first Fast and Fresh store in the Cedar Rapids area and will also include gas pumps.
Fast and Fresh locations will carry pantry and frozen items, as well as fresh produce, dairy, meat and baked goods, according to the Gazette. The store will also offer take-out and take-out and reheat meals.
The bottom line is that the vacant lot where the Hy-Vee Pharmacy was located will once again house a store that thousands of East Iowa residents, including myself, used. These days, department stores and the myriad options, sometimes the best option, are smaller and streamlined. I can’t wait to discover the new Fast and Fresh!