Hy-Vee is an employee-owned supermarket chain of 234 supermarkets located in the Midwestern United States.
Hy-Vee was founded by Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg in Bakersfield, Iowa in 1930. Their first store was a general store. By 1938 when the company was incorporated, Hyde & Vredenburg, Inc. had 15 stores in Iowa and Missouri.
In 1952 an employee contest was held to choose a new name for the company, and Hy-Vee was chosen as the winning entry.
Hy-Vee opened stores in South Dakota in 1975, Nebraska in 1977, Illinois in 1979, and Kansas in 1988.
Hy-Vee stores are full-service supermarkets with bakeries, delicatessens, floral departments, dine-in and carry-out food services, wine and spirits, pharmacies, coffee kiosks, and HealthMarkets, which stock natural and organic products.
Hy-Vee, Inc employs over 60,000 people and had revenue of $7.7 billion in 2012.