Hy-Vee's weirdest business decision yet?

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Hy-Vee in general just seems "off" since they first tried the sit down bar/restaurant thing in them ten years ago. Seems like they are flailing. I think their leadership team sucks, they are always changing course. And their ads are the WORST.

They nailed the liquor store part of things though.
 
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I used to be a big Hy-Vee guy. I just don't like what they are becoming. All of the stuff they are adding IMO takes away from the experience because I can't get through the store quickly. That's 100% my goal in a grocery store. There is nothing you can add to a grocery shopping experience to make it something I want to actually experience.

This is why I started going to Fareway. The local Hy Vee is a nightmare to traverse and then get through the checkout.

Hy Vee has a great alcohol selection but Fareway has Tito’s and some selection of local beers so I’m good.
 

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I worked at a SunMart grocery store while in high school and we'd always haze the new employees by telling them one of the things they had to do was go to aisle 2 and shake the bottles of salad dressing. Has nothing to do with the Hy Vee love machine, but it was a funny thing to watch and I felt it warranted mentioning.

Did this at Hy-Vee too when I was younger. So funny to watch. Shake the Italian dressing!
 
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Hy-Vee in general just seems "off" since they first tried the sit down bar/restaurant thing in them ten years ago. Seems like they are flailing. I think their leadership team sucks, they are always changing course. And their ads are the WORST.

They nailed the liquor store part of things though.

When they start stocking Booker's bourbon, I'll shop there. As it is, I can find much better offerings and prices at Central City Liquor. Cyclone Liquor too. Having a once a year "raffle" so I get a chance to buy McKenna or the like is not for me.

Last time in I was in Hy-Vee it was their brand or nothing, so I choose nothing.

By the way, anyone have pull with Total Wine? Would love to have one in the metro.
 

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What's different about it?
IMO… it used to be fresher. Now it always seems hours old.

It used to have a little more of a flour bottom and the appearance of at least being fresh dough and hand tossed. Now it is made from premise crust.

They used to have more variety on the rack, but now I hope you like sausage or pepperoni.

Should I go on?
 

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This is why I started going to Fareway. The local Hy Vee is a nightmare to traverse and then get through the checkout.

Hy Vee has a great alcohol selection but Fareway has Tito’s and some selection of local beers so I’m good.

One of the butchers at Fareway calls me sweetie, I think cause I am an old lady. Our Hy-Vee has no butchers, just pre-packed crap.

Fareway has good selection of local beers
 
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IMO… it used to be fresher. Now it always seems hours old.

It used to have a little more of a flour bottom and the appearance of at least being fresh dough and hand tossed. Now it is made from premise crust.

They used to have more variety on the rack, but now I hope you like sausage or pepperoni.

Should I go on?

Which stores are you experiencing this at?
 

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I actually don’t think this is a weird idea. I had an idea in college of a grocery store that only sells smaller portions of items (pretty much the opposite of Sam’s Club/Costco) called Single Serve.
My professor hated the idea but I still think the single college crowd/cougars would have shopped there.
So……..a regular grocery store or dollar general?
 

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I actually don’t think this is a weird idea. I had an idea in college of a grocery store that only sells smaller portions of items (pretty much the opposite of Sam’s Club/Costco) called Single Serve.
My professor hated the idea but I still think the single college crowd/cougars would have shopped there.

THIS would be the place to have the hookup show filmed.

In all seriousness, grocery margins are so small I don't know how it would work. There's reasons why the big guys are trying to be even bigger. Maybe if you could secure locations adjacent to college campuses. Bodegas in NYC pretty much do this.
 

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I used to be a big Hy-Vee guy. I just don't like what they are becoming. All of the stuff they are adding IMO takes away from the experience because I can't get through the store quickly. That's 100% my goal in a grocery store. There is nothing you can add to a grocery shopping experience to make it something I want to actually experience.

Coincidence? I think not.