Local grocery store awaits Hy-Vee transition

Created: July 23, 2020 11:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) - If you live in Kasson, chances are you heard of Erdman's County Market. 

It's the grocery store that has been in town for 95 years and will see big changes. ABC 6 News obtained a copy of a letter to company shareholders confirming Erdman's has been sold. Hy-Vee Foods is taking over. 

 "Since we got married and moved to town, we've always been shopping at Erdman’s. It's always been our favorite grocery store,” customer Jennifer Soland said. 

For Jennifer, it was good news to hear.  

"Well I've always liked Erdman’s. But I also like Hy-Vee. I've shopped there and think it's a very good company,” Soland said. “I don't know the reasons why the sale would happen, but if that's what this company needs to do, and then I think Hy-Vee is a really good choice." 

The store has been there for generations and its Facebook page has pictures showing how the store has looked through the years.

Another Erdman’s shopper is sad to hear about the sale and she hopes Hy-Vee keeps some of Erdman’s grocery charm.  

"We love Erdman's so we hope it's similar to Erdman’s. Keeps the good quality meats, keeps the fresh produce, keeps the amazing staff, the drive through pick up your groceries, and we're thankful to have a grocery store,” customer Darcie Moehnke said. 

It is the local connection shoppers have to Erdman’s that some are going to miss.

"We like to shop locally and support the community,” customer Brandi Josselyn said. “So we shop most likely exclusively here. It was very surprising because I know the people that own this store. I hope they do well with the transaction.” 

One Kasson teenager is wondering if Hy-Vee is going to give him that summer job like Erdman's did. 

 "I was shocked. Everyone was kind of expecting it, there were rumors that something was happening with Hy-Vee but it is kind of weird for my future because I'm not sure if Hy-Vee employs minors 14 to 17. So I don't know if I'll be able to work here much longer,” Employee of Erdman’s County Market Caden Quattrin said. 

ABC 6 NEWS reached out to the Kasson Mayor for comment and he said he doesn’t know anything about this situation. 

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