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Hy-Vee through the years: a timeline

The Midwest retailer got its start in 1930. Here’s how things unfolded over 93 years…

Started in 1930 by Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg, the first Hy-Vee was a small store in Beaconsfield, Iowa. A shortened version of both Hyde’s and Vredenburg’s names eventually became “Hy-Vee.”

Since then, the employee-owned Hy-Vee’s growth has skyrocketed, with the company to date operating over 285 food and drug stores under a range of formats in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The retailer now generates annual sales of over $13 billion.

Click through the slides to see some of the grocer’s milestones throughout the years…

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