Steve Cahalan: The La Crosse Hy-Vee supermarket, convenience store will open in October | Company


By Steve Cahalan For La Crosse Tribune

Steve Cahalan

Supermarket chain Hy-Vee plans to open its new La Crosse grocery store and convenience store next door in October, the company said in its application for permission to apply for a liquor license for the grocery store.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee bought the former Sears department store property in Valley View Mall in September 2020 for $2.4 million and is turning it into a supermarket. A Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh convenience store has been built nearby and will sell fuel and other convenience items.

The company’s request for permission to apply for a liquor license for the grocery store will be considered by the Judiciary and Administrative Committee of La Crosse City Council at 6 p.m. on August 2 in the hotel’s council chambers. of town. It will be examined by the municipal council on August 11.

Hy-Vee plans to apply for liquor licenses for both the grocery store — which will have a restaurant — and the convenience store. He does not need permission to apply for a liquor license for the convenience store.

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Michele and Tucker Bills and Michele’s sister Cecilia Kirkland opened Homemade Matsumoto Ramena Japanese ramen restaurant, July 5 at 106 N. Water St. in downtown Sparta.

Michele and her daughter, Renee Thacker, are the chefs at the restaurant, which specializes in various types of authentic Japanese ramen noodle dishes. Some of its biggest sellers are tonkotsu ramen, made with braised pork, creamy pork broth, egg, mushrooms, green onion and ginger; shoyu ramen, made with a clear broth of soy sauce, braised pork, egg, bamboo shoots and green onion; and fish cake.

The restaurant also sells side dishes such as gyoza, which are crispy dumplings with a choice of pork, chicken, or vegetable filling; and edamame, which are boiled and salted immature soybeans in the pod. And it serves desserts such as mochi ice cream and melon bars, as well as drinks such as tea, specialty juices, and soft drinks. “We will be serving Japanese beer in the near future,” said Michele Bills.

The restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and for dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’s closed on Sundays.

The decoration of the restaurant includes posters with Japanese scenes.

Michele and Cecilia are half Japanese, Michele said. “Our father was stationed in Japan with the Navy when he met our Japanese mother,” she said. “We grew up in Japan for a while and then moved to the United States.” Matsumoto is their mother’s maiden name, Michele said, explaining the name of the restaurant.

For more information, call the restaurant at 608-487-9888, or visit or Facebook or Instagram.

Melissa Thompson opened it up Cozy Atmospheres by Mel interior decoration and boutique on June 6 at 1507, rue Caledonia in La Crosse. It is in the same building as Exclusively Yours Salon & Boutique.

Thompson had operated his home decorating business for three years from his home, before moving it to the new location and also opening his new boutique there. “I’ve been in retail leadership positions for 25 years,” she said. “Decorating for people and having a shop are my passions. I like to create cozy and warm spaces where people can come home at the end of the day.

In her shop, she said, “I sell home furnishings such as furniture, window treatments, accessories, cushions, wall art, and lamps.”

Shop hours are 4-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are available for home decoration.

For more information, call 608-792-6301 or visit the Cozy Atmospheres Facebook or Instagram pages. Thompson plans to have a website soon.

Look for Laser hair removal in Milan will open in the former BA Burrito Co. restaurant at 2928 Market Place, in a multi-tenant building near Walmart in Onalaska.

Remodeling is underway at the space, where BA Burrito closed in April 2018. An opening date for the Onalaska location was unavailable last week from the Milan headquarters in Omaha, Neb.

Milan was founded in 2012 and claims to be the nation’s largest laser hair removal provider, with more than 190 locations in 25 states.

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