HyVee blames city of Leawood for decision to close store

LEAWOOD, Kan. - News of the HyVee store at 122nd and Stateline Road closing was all the buzz during the lunchtime rush on Tuesday.

Several patrons asked the cashiers questions after a visit to the salad bar.

Jean Flood stops at the HyVee in Leawood after her doctor appointment.

"Everybody was saying what am I going to do this is my store," Flood said

In a statement to the media, HyVee's corporate office blamed a lack of city support.

Last week, the city of Leawood enacted a 90-day moratorium on development along the 135 corridor.

Both the mayor and the city administrator refused my request for an on camera interview.

Mayor Peggy Dunn released a statement that read in part:

"The city discussed a Community Improvement District. HyVee wanted $1 million of any tax dollars from the district to be earmarked for interior improvements to the store.

The council said that kind of expenditure was against the city policy."

A statement that leaves HyVee customers wondering about the future of their shopping area.

Peggy Schmidt has shopped at the store for more than 20 years.

"It's just a perfect place to shop. And I'm really saddened to see this because I think it's going to hurt the community. I would hate to see this sit vacant," Schmidt said.

The store is slated to close on June 1.

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