Layoffs possible in Hy-Vee supermarket chain shake up


DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, the Midwest regional supermarket chain, is shaking up its corporate office by reassigning employees and may start layoffs, company officials said Friday.

About 60 employees were affected by the changes, officials said. At least 50 were offered positions at the store level or in new corporate posts. But it’s unclear how many employees will accept reassignments and how many will leave the company.

“We are redirecting how we are supervising and structuring certain administrative areas of the company,” said Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tara Deering-Hansen. “At this time, the majority of the people whose positions are impacted will be reassigned to other positions within the company, including opportunities at retail.”

Officials said the changing nature of the grocery business necessitated the changes at the corporate headquarters, which has about 550 people.

“We are a growing company,” Deering-Hansen said. “As we continue to evolve our services and product offerings, we will grow other areas within the company.”

With $9.8 billion in annual sales, the grocery giant ranks among the 25 largest supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States, according to company officials.

From its Iowa headquarters, the company oversees 240 stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The employee-owned company employs more than 84,000 people.


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