Cash Economic Stimulus Checks for Free at Hy-Vee

May 02, 2008, 01:00 ET from Hy-Vee, Inc.

    DES MOINES, Iowa, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Hy-Vee officials announced
 today that its stores will waive the usual service fees, which range from
 one to several dollars, for customers cashing their economic stimulus
 checks. There will be no requirement to purchase groceries or merchandise
 in order to cash the checks.
     "We know many of our customers are feeling pinched right now," said CEO
 Ric Jurgens. "They need every break they can get when it comes to
 stretching their dollars."
     Other ways the company helps shoppers save money are through its
 "temporary price decline" items and weekly menus with recipes that are both
 economical and healthy. The corporate dietitians who develop the menus use
 ingredients that are on sale that week, which also saves money.
     Some shoppers are also choosing more private label items over brand
 name products.
     Jurgens said he hoped shoppers would take advantage of the company's
 in-store dietitians to help them meet their nutritional needs.
     "It's important that people continue to focus on a healthy diet in
 tough economic times. We have over 125 experts in our stores who can show
 people how to eat well, even if they're on a shoestring budget."
     Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 224 retail
 stores in seven Midwestern states. For 2007 the company recorded total
 sales of $5.6 billion, ranking it among the top 30 supermarket chains and
 the top 50 private companies in the United States.

SOURCE Hy-Vee, Inc.