Change in business hours in downtown Des Moines Hy-Vee is facing resistance

Change in business hours in downtown Des Moines Hy-Vee is facing resistance

The first customers lined up at Downtown Des Moines Hi-Fi early in 2017, waiting for the store to open its doors.

Hy-Vee’s drastic reduction in hours at its downtown Des Moines store was not well received by City Hall, which along with Des Moines police also dispute the supermarket chain’s claim that the change is necessary in part to protect employees and customers amid rising rates of theft and loitering in the shop.

Hy-Vee has 45 days to return its hours to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., after which it and Knapp Properties, the developer of the 420 Court Ave. building that houses the store, could be in violation, the city said Wednesday. Development agreement.

Meetings between Hy-Vee and the city are taking place “right now,” Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tina Potthoff said Wednesday afternoon.

The downtown Hy-Vee store at 420 Court Ave. will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We spoke to the city today about a decision to better serve our customers in the downtown area,” she said. “We are making some adjustments that we hope to announce soon.”

City Councilman Josh Mandelbaum, whose Ward 3 includes downtown, said the assertion that safety concerns played a role in the hours being cut by a third, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seemed to him like an “excuse.” He called the reduction “completely unreasonable” for a grocery store serving a city center with a growing population.

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