LEAWOOD, Kan. - As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the Hy-Vee on 122nd Street and State Line Road in Leawood was no more.
Customer Vicki Strawder has shopped there for 20 years and even bought a souvenir t-shirt of her favorite neighborhood store.
“We are sad,” she said. “It is like one of your kids going away! This is a Leawood icon!”
Icon or not, several bare shelves and a sign on the door spelled out the store’s fate for the steady stream of shoppers coming in on Sunday. Store director John Weaver said all 145 employees were able to find their same positions at other Hy-Vee stores and hopes they will soon be able to work at a new Hy-Vee at 135th and Roe.
Company officials submitted plans to build a store there, but city officials are in the middle of a 90-day moratorium for the 135th Street corridor.
The store closes amid controversy. Hy-Vee officials claim they couldn’t get approval from the city to rebuild or remodel their current store. Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn disputed that in a letter to residents .
The pharmacy will keep operating even though the store is closing.