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More than 500 jobs affected by Hy-Vee fulfillment center closure in Omaha

Posted at 11:42 AM, Mar 11, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - More than 500 jobs could be affected in Omaha due to the closure of a Hy-Vee fulfillment center.

A Nebraska WARN (Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice indicates as many as 512 jobs will be impacted by the move. The closing of the Omaha fulfillment center is part of a larger Hy-Vee effort to transfer Aisles Online fulfillment center operations to the store level.

"We are listening to our customers and they are wanting a full assortment of products, personalized shoppers and same-day pick up at the store, which we are unable to fully provide when we process orders at a fulfillment center," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "Customers’ orders will once again be fulfilled at their local Hy-Vee store."

Hy-Vee says "several dozen" employees at each of their four fulfillment centers will transition to the store level in their respective areas to assist with Aisles Online fulfillment at the retail level. In addition to Omaha, the supermarket chain also has fulfillment centers in Des Moines, Kansas City and Eagan, Minnesota. The Iowa WARN notice shows 368 employees affected there and the Missouri WARN system shows 583 workers affected there. Minnesota has not posted a WARN notice for Hy-Vee yet.

Hy-Vee says their human resources team is working to help employees find other jobs, either within Hy-Vee or in their community. According to the company, employees were notified of the changes on March 6 and were given 60 days notice.

Hy-Vee will stop filling orders at its fulfillment centers the week of March 23. The locations will close on May 6.