Hy-Vee to Shutter Eagan Fulfillment Center
Hy-Vee Inc. plans to close all four of its fulfillment centers, including one in Eagan.
The decision could result in the layoffs of up to 327 employees in Minnesota, according to a letter filed with the state. The impacted employees aren’t represented by a union and don’t have bumping rights, according to Hy-Vee’s letter.
The document noted that the Hy-Vee fulfillment operations will likely move into the company’s retail stores before the closure, which will be effective May 6.
“The company will be talking with a number of employees about continued employment with the company,” the letter said.
This plan follows a restructuring initiative the Iowa-based grocery chain announced last month, although the Eagan facility just opened last year. As of March 23, the fulfillment centers will discontinue filling orders, with customers’ orders being completed at local Hy-Vee stores, said spokesperson Christina Gayman. The company currently operates nearly 30 store locations across Minnesota.
“We are listening to our customers, and they are wanting a full assortment of products, personalized shoppers, and same-day pick up at the store, which we are unable to fully provide when we process orders at a fulfillment center,” she said.
Three other fulfillment centers in Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City will also be closing, Gayman said.
“Our human resources department is working to help employees find other job opportunities,” she said.