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Hy-Vee to close Kansas City fulfillment center, lay off nearly 600

Posted at 4:00 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 17:00:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hy-Vee will shutter one of its fulfillment centers in Kansas City, Missouri, later this month, impacting nearly 600 workers.

The Iowa-based grocery chain will “permanently discontinue filling orders” at its fulfillment centers, including the one at 8700 Elmwood Ave. in KCMO, the week of March 23, the company said in a statement.

“We are listening to our customers, and they are wanting a full assortment of products, personalized shoppers and same-day pickup at the store, which we are unable to fully provide when we process orders at a fulfillment center,” the statement read.

Those fulfillment center operations will be transferred to retail stores later this month, according to Hy-Vee.

In a WARN notice sent to the Missouri Office of Workforce Development, Hy-Vee said that 583 workers “will suffer an employment loss” as a result of the closure. The company said it plans to work with some of those employees on continued employment.

Hy-Vee said in the statement that it gave employees 60 days' notice of the closure.

The WARN notice said the closure would take effect May 6, though fulfillment center operations are expected to be moved before that date.