Hy-Vee store locations are concentrated in the Midwest, with close to 230 stores spread primarily throughout Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Nebraska. There are also locations in Wisconsin, Kansas and Minnesota.
Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg founded employee-owned Hy-Vee in Beaconsfield, Iowa, 1930. The company name is a play on the founders' surnames. Today, Iowa is still home to the bulk of Hy-Vee locations, some 140 stores. Missouri has the second largest amount of Hy-Vee stores, with roughly 105 locations in Trenton, Unionville, Springfield, Osage Beach and Independence.
Despite that Hy-Vee is more than 80 years old, the company opened its most recent location in March of 2015. Measuring about 103,000 square feet, it is Hy-Vee's largest location to date, as of 2015. The Bloomington, Illinois location joins 17 preexisting locations in such Illinois cities as Canton, Milan, Sycamore, Rock Island and Moline, home to a flagship location on the iconic John Deere Road.
While all Hy-Vee stores are conceptually similar and are essentially supermarkets of varying sizes, some locations offer services that others do not, such as Registered Dieticians and professional chefs on staff. Hy-Vee RDs have at least a bachelor's degree in nutrition, have completed a dietetics internship program and passed a national exam.
RDs are available for a fee to provide shopping tours, health screenings and individual medical nutrition therapy. Some Hy-Vee locations provide online shopping services, allowing customers to shop a local Hy-Vee online and then pick up purchased items at a corresponding store. Eligible categories include floral, catering, prescription refills, RD appointments and groceries.