New Business in Columbus


The work that Columbus’ EDA has done to market the City-owned land for sale is coming to fruition in the northeast I-35 and TH 97 quadrant, Hy-Vee has plans to build an oversized convenience store in that location.  The Columbus store will be roughly 8,000-10,000 square feet in size (most convenience stores max out around 5,000 square feet).  This is a new concept for the company, and there is only one other store like it in Minnesota. 

The store will be geared toward “on-the-go” consumers; offering prepared options and scaled down versions of their full-size store offerings.  Customers can also take advance of their online ordering and pick up service.  Simply purchase items online from their full-size grocery stores and pick up the order at Columbus’ convenience location.    

Hy-Vee is an Iowa-based company that has recently thrust itself onto the grocery scene in Minnesota.  Hy-vees have been built in areas around the Twin Cities that need a spark to ignite some activity.  Communities have witnessed a causal sequence from Hy-Vee moving in to additional businesses following suit in that area.

Bare Home

Blaine-based Bare Home has completed construction on a 100,000 square foot distribution warehouse, office, and showroom off Hornsby Street in Columbus’ Freeway District. The building has great visibility from I-35.

Bare Home is an e-commerce distribution company primarily selling home bedding.   The business has outgrown their facility and workforce in Blaine.  By moving their operation to Columbus they are anticipating increasing their workforce from 32 employees to over 100 employees in the next two years.