Bill’s Family Foods, a staple of both Forest City and Garner, has decided to sell both of its stores to the Hy-Vee Foods Corporation. The ownership group of the Korth Family, put out this Facebook post this afternoon:
To our community of loyal customers,
This letter is to inform you that as of June 2nd, Bill’s Family Foods will be closing their doors for business. We have thoroughly enjoyed serving both of our Forest City and Garner communities with quality groceries for the past 54 years.
We thank you for being our customers and part of our growing community. We are excited to announce that our storefronts will still serve the community. Please help us welcome Hyvee to both our Forest City and Garner communities.
The Korth Family
The stores will undergo a minor renovation according to Christina Gaimon of the Hy-Vee Corporation.
The purchase comes on the heels of the leasing of another location in Forest City. Shopko Corporation recently announced it was closing its store and the Forest City facility was leased by the Hy-Vee Corporation to be used as a pharmacy location. The lease was a short term lease and will end when the Forest City Hy-Vee opens June 18th.
Meanwhile the Garner location will have a shorter turnaround according to Gaimon.
Both buildings will be leased by Hy-Vee under long term lease agreements.
Ken Korth, owner of Bill’s Family Foods, said that the sale of the store has been a quick process, having begun around Easter. However, he felt that this was the right decision for his employees and the community.
Both the Korth family and the Hy-Vee Corporation said that the changeover will not affect the employees at the stores. Hy-Vee is expected to retain everyone according to both parties.