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As one of the fifteen original Hy-Vee stores to be opened, Leon Hy-Vee has served the community of Leon for over seventy-five years. With a goal to provide "good merchandise, appreciative service and low prices," Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg opened a small store in Beaconsfield, Iowa, in 1930. In addition to the store, the company operated an office, warehouse, mill and meat plant, all located in Lamoni, Iowa.
On October 4, 1935 Hyde's Service Store bought out Morey's Kash and Karry in Leon, and officially started operating under the new name in mid-October (location was the building south of the Decatur County Museum).
In 1953, the store was relocated from its Main Street location to a new location on East 8th Street (located in the old Pamida building which is the current southeast part of the Alco parking lot). In February of 1961, the building was completely remodeled, then in 1963 officially changed its name to Hy-Vee Food Stores.
On December 14, 1971 Hy-Vee was again relocated to its current location on West 1st Street.
Although Hy-Vee has seen many Store Directors over the years, Leon Hy-Vee now operates under the direction of Tony Brown.
Tony was born and raised in Corydon, Iowa, starting at the Corydon Hy-Vee in 1981. He has also worked at both Grant City and Bedford before coming to Leon in 2009. Tony has two sons, Alex and Mason, and enjoys sporting and social events, as well as fishing.
At Hy-Vee, good customer service doesn't stop with "a helpful smile in every aisle"; it extends into the neighborhoods and communities they serve as well. Leon Hy-Vee is open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Hy-Vee offers many products that people cannot get anywhere else in town, and Tony would like customers to know that if there is ever a product they do not carry, they will always try to do their best to get the product in.
Hy-Vee donates to many different organizations and events throughout the community. They care about the things their customers care about – health care, education, the environment, economic opportunity, civic improvement – and they give generously to the projects and organizations that support these goals.
The community would like to thank Tony and his crew for continuing on the Hy-Vee legacy in our town, as well as for continuing to offer all of our daily grocery needs.
By Kolton Hewlett | Leon Journal-Reporter