Hy-Vee plans a 10,600-square-foot Fast & Fresh store near the outlet mall in Altoona, expected to be the grocery chain's first such store in Greater Des Moines. If approved, the store would be located at Hubbell Avenue and Prairie Crossing.

The Altoona Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to consider the plans tonight, said Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tina Potthoff. Store construction could begin this year.

A Davenport store may be the Iowa debut of the concept, Potthoff said. The new stores will be developed across Hy-Vee's eight-state region, but she couldn't say how many more would be built in Iowa.

A second version of the new store is planned at Hickman and Merle Hay roads in Des Moines, where Marino's Restaurant was located. Hy-Vee plans to buy more land adjacent to that site to accommodate a 10,000-square-foot store.

The Des Moines store could be built beginning in summer 2018, Potthoff said. The Plan and Zoning Commission is expected to discuss final plans for the Hickman and Merle Hay site on Oct. 5, she added. 

The Fast & Fresh stores generally will have one end that features Starbucks and Market Grille Express, where customers order their meal at a pay station and a server delivers the order. That express concept has been rolled out in other states. 

The rest of the Fast & Fresh store space primarily will feature fresh prepared foods — take-and-bake types of items — and groceries. Each site will have fuel pumps, Potthoff said. 

She said another site Hy-Vee plans to develop — at Mills Civic and Jordan Creek parkways in West Des Moines — may get a small grocery store instead of the Fast & Fresh model. That decision hasn't been made.