After more than 80 years in Boone, Iowa, the grocery chain Fareway is relocating its headquarters 35 miles south to Johnston, according to reporting from We Are Iowa, Local 5.
The grocer plans on bringing at least 100 employees to the new location.
Boone officials said the city is disappointed, but acknowledged the move is still beneficial.
The Mayor of Boone, John Slight, sent Local 5 the following statement:
“Fareway has been, is and will remain a vital and valued corporate citizen in Boone. The decision announced by its leadership today that its corporate headquarters will be moving to Johnston is one that is important to Fareway’s continued expansion. While we may be disappointed, the move is also beneficial to Boone for several reasons. Fareway’s downtown office will become the new home for approximately 45 wholesale office employees. That’s more people than are currently working in the downtown office and will boost our downtown’s vitality.
Fareway did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.