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Hy-Vee to acquire Strack & Van Til Food Market

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Hy-Vee operates 550 retail business units across the Midwest.

Hy-Vee is expanding its presence in Indiana through a new acquisition.

The Iowa-based retailer has announced that it is in the process of acquiring the Strack & Van Til Food Market grocery chain (also known as Indiana Grocery Group, LLC). The acquisition will add 22 stores in Northwest Indiana to Hy-Vee’s more than 550 retail business units across eight states, which include grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, restaurants and convenience stores.

“As our company continues to expand into Indiana and the Southeast region, Strack & Van Til’s customer-centric focus and company vision to ‘make lives easier’ aligns with Hy-Vee’s values and growth strategy,” said Jeremy Gosch, Hy-Vee’s CEO. “We look forward to welcoming Strack & Van Til’s approximately 2,800 employees into the Hy-Vee family in the weeks to come.”

Upon closure of the deal, Strack & Van Til will maintain its name and operate as a subsidiary under Hy-Vee, Inc., similar to the parent company’s other subsidiaries which include Midwest Heritage, Perishable Distributors of Iowa, D&D Foods, Amber Specialty Pharmacy, Vivid Clear Rx and Wall to Wall Wine and Spirits, among others.

“As Northwest Indiana’s No. 1 grocery store, we know Hy-Vee is the perfect partner,” said Jeff Strack, Strack & Van Til’s CEO and president. “With our combined focus on providing excellent customer service, taking care of our employees and giving back to our local communities, we believe this acquisition is a win-win for both our associates and our company.”

With the acquisition expected to be finalized in early May, Hy-Vee is now a member of Associated Wholesale Grocers, which supplies Strack & Van Til’s stores in Northwest Indiana. Hy-Vee’s grocery stores will continue to be served through its own supply chain facilities, located in Ankeny, Chariton, Cherokee and Cumming, Iowa.

“Much like Hy-Vee founders Charles Hyde and David Vredenberg, Strack & Van Til’s growth and success remains rooted in the philosophy and principles of its two founders Ernie Strack and Nick Van Til,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s executive chairman of the board. “Like Hy-Vee, the Strack & Van Til chain is also committed to delivering everyday value and providing quality groceries, perishables and freshly prepared foods. As we remain focused on our future growth, Strack & Van Til is a great addition to the Hy-Vee family.”

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