U.S. employee owned supermarket chain

Hy-Vee is an employee owned chain of supermarkets in the Midwestern United States. As of January 2008, Hy-Vee runs 197 supermarkets and 26 Drugstores in seven states.[2] Over 100 of its supermarkets are in Iowa, but it also has stores in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Hy-Vee is known for its longtime advertising slogan, "Where there's a helpful smile in every aisle."

Hy-Vee, Inc.
Company typeEmployee-owned
IndustryRetail (grocery)
FoundedBeaconsfield, Iowa (1930; 94 years ago (1930))
FoundersCharles Hyde
David Vredenburg
Headquarters5820 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa
Number of locations
245+ (2018)[1]
Key people
Randy Edeker (President, CEO, & Chairman)
Productsbakery, catering, sushi, asian foods, hibachi, dairy, deli, frozen foods, gas, general grocery, meat and seafood, pharmacy, HealthMarket, Health Clinics, Market Grille, Market Grille Express, wine & spirits, general merchandise, lawn & garden, floristry, Fast & Fresh, fuel/convenience stores.
RevenueIncrease $10.0 Billion (2018)
Number of employees

Two-time National Football League MVP Kurt Warner once worked at a Hy-Vee Store in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After he was cut by the Green Bay Packers at age 24, he thought his football career might be over, so he worked there to play for his bills.

Company starting


The company was started by Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg. They had opened a general store in Beaconsfield, Iowa, in 1930. In 1938, the company changed their name to Hyde & Vredenburg, Inc. Hyde & Vredenburg had 15 stores in Iowa and Missouri at that time. In 1945, Hyde & Vredenburg moved its headquarters from Lamoni to Chariton, Iowa, after buying the Chariton Wholesale Company.



Most Hy-Vee stores are full-service supermarkets with bakeries, delicatessens, banks, florists, and pharmacies. To keep pace with Wal-Mart's recent expansion into the gas station business, Hy-Vee has also added gas stations with convenience stores to some of its stores.

HyVee's Largest Store is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which has over 100,000 square feet (9,290.3 m2) of Retail Space in the store. Hy-vee keeps making larger stores, so their largest store changes every 6 months to every year.



Hy-Vee Inc. employs over 52,000 people and is the largest employer in the state of Iowa. The company has annual sales of over $5.84 billion. In 2007, Hy-Vee ranked 47th on Forbes magazine's annual list of the largest privately owned companies in the United States.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Hy-Vee". Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  2. Hy-Vee, Inc. "Hy-Vee Store Finder". Archived from the original on 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  3. "Hy-Vee, The Largest Private Companies". Forbes. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-08.

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