Mar 29, 2024 - News

As Hy-Vee expands nationally, Beaverdale residents question future of Des Moines site


Porky's Diner opened in Beaverdale in the 1980s. The restaurant was demolished in 2009 after Hy-Vee announced plans for the site. Photo: Polk County Assessor

"I've read a fair amount about Hy-Vee's regional/national expansion plans recently, but it's been several years since I've heard anything about a store at Douglas and Beaver. Were you able to find anything out about that location as part of your reporting?"
Neal Westin, a former Beaverdale Neighborhood Association board member

Flashback: Hy-Vee began acquiring properties near the Beaverdale intersection 16 years ago.

  • The grocer paid at least $3 million to assemble six acres, according to records from the Polk County Assessor.
  • Businesses like Porky's Diner permanently closed and their buildings were demolished.

Yes, but: A plan to build a store there was on hold until a cell tower could be removed, the Register reported in 2017.

  • Those tower contracts were set to expire in 2019.

State of play: Four years later, there were no updates on the site, Hy-Vee spokesperson Tina Potthoff told Axios in October.

  • This week, Potthoff said there were still no updates.
  • DSM's interactive development website does not list active permits for the store.

The intrigue: Fareway opened a new Beaverdale store in 2022 that's a mile away from the site.


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