Hy-Vee has removed 121 corporate positions, with 102 employees offered new jobs within the company and 19 laid off.
Hy-Vee is an employee-owned chain of supermarkets in the Midwestern and Southern United States, with more than 280 locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and soon Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama
There are a total of 1,534 corporate positions affected, which equates to approximately 8 percent of corporate staff.
The Iowa Layoff Notification Law requires companies with 25 or more employees to provide the state with a 30-day notice if they intend to lay off 25 or more employees but Hy-Vee was not required to notify the state because it only laid off 19 people.
A spokesperson for the company released a statement to Local 5 News saying Hy-Vee is a strong and vibrant company, adding:
“Like every company, our employee needs ebb and flow to match our business. In the midst of COVID-19, we had to significantly increase our projects across our business.
“With those projects launched, we have to make sure we remain focused on our stores and providing the best value and quality to our customers. We currently have approximately 93,000 employees. That number fluctuates every day by way of hiring and terminations. We are still hiring at the corporate office and retail locations, and are still expanding our footprint in the metro and surrounding areas with several new locations getting ready to open this spring.”
Hy-Vee has not stated whether the jobs were solely located at the Helpful Smiles Technology building in Grimes, at the corporate headquarters in West Des Moines, or a combination of the two.