Hy-Vee opens training and fulfillment center

Hy-Vee is about to transform a shuttered retail store into a training facility and fulfillment center to support the grocer's growing online operations.

The 82,000-sq.-ft. facility in near the company's Des Moines headquarters was purchased for $3.6 million, according to The Des Moines Register. Once remodeled, it will come online in the fall.

The building will house Hy-Vee University to provide training in retail services, management and business leadership. There will also be an advanced masters of retail operations. Additional facilities include a test kitchen and lab, auditorium and collaboration areas.

It's a chance for Hy-Vee to expand programs currently offered at is corporate campus.

"We want to make sure we're training our employees on all the latest trends in grocery and in their specific department areas," Denise Broderick, Hy-Vee VP of education and training, said in a statement. "With this new facility, we can bring in multiple outside experts to one location or use video conferencing technology to virtually connect with them."

The facility will do double duty to support Hy-Vee's online sales, relieving the growing burden on stores. Online ordering is available for at all 240 Hy-Vee stores, and shoppers can opt for in-store pick up or home delivery.

For more:
-See this Des Moines Register article

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