LEAWOOD, Kan. - Hy-Vee Inc. announced Monday evening it will close its Leawood location in June.
The grocery store has been open at 123rd Street and State Line Road for decades, but corporate officials say the company's vision is no longer matching up with the city's vision.
"It is clear that the current business environment in Leawood is one in which Hy-Vee cannot be successful," Hy-Vee's Assistant Vice-President of Communications Christine Friesleben said in a statement. "Two attempts to find a solution acceptable to both parties—one that allows us to continue serving our customers with the products, services and amenities that they deserve and expect—have been resisted by city officials."
Hy-Vee posted the announcement on Facebook and Twitter, and lots of shoppers reacted negatively.
"I drive over 30 minutes to come to Leawood Hy-Vee and most of the employees are like family," one user said. "They have watched my kids grow up. I don't want to see this store close"
The store has wanted to upgrade either by remodeling its current building or opening a new store, but both attempts were not supported by the Leawood City Council.
Store Manager John Weaver has been responding to many of the shoppers’ posts on Facebook.
He says he's not blaming the closure on the council. He's calling it a “difference in opinion.” He has suggested shoppers share their concerns with their council members. If nothing changes, the store will close on June 1.