Hy-Vee closes Leawood store amid controversy - KCTV5

Hy-Vee closes Leawood store amid controversy

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The Hy-Vee located at 122nd Street and State Line Road was in talks with the city of Leawood to get $1 million to upgrade the inside of the store, but those talks fell through. The Hy-Vee located at 122nd Street and State Line Road was in talks with the city of Leawood to get $1 million to upgrade the inside of the store, but those talks fell through.
LEAWOOD, KS (KCTV) -

Despite concern from neighbors, a stable grocery store for decades that serves both Johnson and Jackson counties closed its doors for good Sunday evening.

The Hy-Vee located at 122nd Street and State Line Road was in talks with the city of Leawood to get $1 million to upgrade the inside of the store, but those talks fell through.

After weeks of meetings and talks with the city, the company decided to shut down the location.

Shoppers are sad to see it go. People actually came out Sunday to say goodbye on the store's last day.

"I have been shopping at Hy-Vee for years, and I hate to see them close," Muriel Martin said.

Karen Harrison and dozens of other shoppers came to bid farewell to the clerks, carts and aisles they've come to know and love. Many have been at the store every week since it opened 20 years ago.

"I came to cry at the last closing minute and see what they have on sale," Harrison said.

The store will stay closed indefinitely, although the pharmacy will stay open.

Hy-Vee has started the process of purchasing a new lot on 135th Street, but many shoppers feel the company and the city should have tried harder to keep the neighborhood store open.

"I think it is mostly a shame for the community, but I understand that a business is a business, and they've got to make decisions that are in their best interest," Abby Craig said.

So far, no businesses have expressed interest in the lot.

Harrison and other shoppers are waiting for what will come next and where they'll have to go for groceries from now on.

"I hate to see what what's going to happen to the building, too. If it just sits abandoned, it is just going to look really yucky," Harrison said.

None of the employees at the store will lose their job. The company says they have all been transferred to other store locations.

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