Police help Hy-Vee reduce crime at its downtown store

Police help Hy-Vee reduce crime at its downtown store

Des Moines Police say they will work with Hy-Vee on the crime problem at its downtown Court Avenue store. The grocery store now closes at 6 p.m., but that could also violate Hy-Vee’s deal with the city. Des Moines Police confirm Hy-Vee has received more than 200 calls for service at its downtown store on Court Avenue over the past six months. That’s more than one a day. Increased loitering and theft is one reason the grocery store chain says it is no longer open after 6 p.m. This is a shock to downtown residents and neighborhood leaders. “And we need those, you know, amenities and essentials and grocery stores and local businesses, because we’re residents right now, we’re the ones who support those businesses and we’d like to see those businesses continue,” said Brandon Brown, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Hy-Vee also says business is still slow after the pandemic. But the focus now is on crime. Police say they have cracked down on troublemakers on Court Street over the past year. Focusing on the hi-fi problem is likely to be a joint effort. “It could be from the outside, or from the inside. There are some houses up there. It’s a busy place. But the police department has made a lot of investment and effort to make sure people are safe downtown. And we will continue to do that. It’s a busy place,” said Paul Parizek, a police spokesman. Des Moines: “I think when we all step back and look at this, we can probably find some strategies to make things a little better than what we’re seeing now.” The other issue with Hy-Vee’s clock change is the deal it struck with the city of Des Moines. It promised it would be a grocery store Full service in exchange for financial incentives. Hy-Vee says it spent the day working on this new issue with city leaders. One council member says reducing store hours doesn’t have to be a permanent solution. “I’d like to see them keep their hours. “I would like to see as much service as possible in the future,” Councilman Josh Mandelbaum said. Get the latest headlines from KCCI » Download the free KCCI app to get updates on the go: Apple | Google Apps

Des Moines Police say they will work with Hy-Vee on the crime problem at its downtown Court Avenue store. The grocery store now closes at 6 p.m., but that could also violate Hy-Vee’s deal with the city.

Des Moines Police confirm Hy-Vee has received more than 200 calls for service at its downtown store on Court Avenue over the past six months. That’s more than one a day. Increased loitering and theft is one reason the grocery store chain says it is no longer open after 6 p.m. This comes as a shock to downtown residents and neighborhood leaders.

“And we need the amenities and the essentials and the grocery stores and the local businesses, because we are residents now, we are the ones who support those businesses and we would like to see those businesses continue,” said Brandon Brown, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

Hy-Vee also says business is still slow after the pandemic. But the focus now is on crime. Police say they have cracked down on Court Street troublemakers over the past year. Focusing on the Hy-Vee problem will likely be a joint effort.

“It could be something from the outside, it could be something from the inside. There are some houses up there. It’s a busy place. But the police department has put a lot of investment and effort into making sure people are safe downtown. And we’re going to continue to do that,” said Paul Parizek, spokesman. On behalf of Des Moines Police: “I think when we all step back and look at this, we can probably find some strategies to make things a little better than what we’re seeing now.”

The other issue with Hy-Vee’s clock change is the deal it has with the city of Des Moines. It promised to be a full-service grocery store in exchange for financial incentives. Hy-Vee says it spent the day working on this new issue with city leaders. Reducing store hours doesn’t have to be a permanent solution, a council member says.

“I would like to see them keep their hours. I would like to see as much service as possible in the future,” Councilman Josh Mandelbaum said.

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