WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee Inc. is expanding several of its facilities and making changes at some of its stores.

Construction is underway and includes projects across the company’s eight-state region.

“This fiscal year, we have approved one of our largest capital expenditure budgets in our company’s history to make sure we are not only meeting our customers’ needs, but fulfilling their wants, now and in the future,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “We’ve studied customer habits and lifestyles and know that fewer people are cooking meals at home than ever before. We want our offerings to help individuals who are looking for something healthy to eat on the go as well as families who want to enjoy a sit-down meal that they can easily claim as their own.”

To meet these needs, several major projects are underway, including:

Construction of a 240,000-square-foot production facility in Ankeny, which will serve as a commissary and central bakery as Hy-Vee offers more fresh-prepared options and meal kits to its customers. The project also includes an expansion of Hy-Vee’s subsidiary PDI.

Construction of a 48,000-square-foot production facility that will support Hy-Vee’s Short Cuts produce brand. The facility, which is adjacent to Hy-Vee’s current distribution center in Chariton, will produce fresh cut, retail-ready fruits and vegetables for customers beginning in January.

Construction of Hy-Vee’s new 10,000-square-foot convenience and meal solutions stores, named Fast & Fresh, in the Des Moines area and Davenport. These stores will feature grocery items, fresh prepared foods and a coffee shop. Another type of small store concept will open in West Des Moines in 2018.

Hy-Vee also is planning to open three new e-commerce fulfillment centers, located in Kansas City, Twin Cities and Omaha, in the upcoming years.

Over the upcoming weeks, Hy-Vee is transitioning several of its Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants to Hy-Vee Market Grille Expresses. At the Hy-Vee Market Grille Express, customers will be able to order food, pay at a nearby pay station, then eat it in a self-service, contemporary atmosphere. Each Hy-Vee Market Grille Express will offer a full-service bar where customers can order beverages and watch TV.

In addition, Hy-Vee will soon be making an announcement about the opening of its first Wahlburgers restaurant. In August, the company announced it would build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers, making it the chain’s largest franchisee.

To further help people with busy schedules, Hy-Vee also will change the way it communicates with consumers as more direct mail pieces, including the company’s new month-long mega ad, will be sent to customers’ mailboxes in the near future.