Mar 29, 2022 - Food and Drink

Hy-Vee cuts corporate jobs and reduces Aisles Online stores

Randy Edeker greets customers

Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker greets fans at the grand opening of their Wahlburger restaurant at Mall of America in 2018. Photo: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Hy-Vee Inc. laid off 121 corporate employees — or about 8% of its corporate workforce, according to the Des Moines Register.

Why it matters: The Iowa-based grocer is planning some changes that could affect shoppers at the chain's 14 Twin Cities stores.

The intrigue: The Register got a look at an internal video of CEO Randy Edeker speaking about the job cuts and the problems at Hy-Vee.

  • Hy-Vee offered the laid-off employees jobs in stores, but those positions may not have matching wages, according to Axios Des Moines. Edeker said it was "offensive" that none of them accepted such transfers.
  • Edeker said Wahlburgers are not performing well inside of Hy-Vee stores and that the company needs to focus more on breakfast and lunch options, and less on dinner.
  • Hy-Vee will be reducing the number of stores offering its Aisles Online curbside pickup because it makes "no money on what we process in e-commerce."
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