Starbucks prepares for May 6 opening at Hy-Vee

It won’t be long before the smell of coffee will be beckoning shoppers at the Marshalltown Hy-Vee.

The equipment for the new Starbucks location in the store arrived, and it is being assembled this week.

After two weeks of staff training, the Starbucks is expected to open May 6.

“There’s lots of excitement,” said Stephen Larson, perishables manager at Hy-Vee. “We’ve had nothing but positive comments.”

Larson said the anticipation from customers has increased since the equipment started arriving. The Starbucks will be run by Hy-Vee in the former Bank of the West location in the store and feature a full line of coffee products.

“We’ll have over 100 different drinks,” Larson said.

There will also be seating inside the location or customers can get a cup of coffee and take it shopping with them in the grocery store. The hours will of operation will be daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Larson said the newness of having a Starbucks in Marshalltown has led to the heightened excitement level.

“It’s something that’s never been offered in Marshalltown,” he said.