First Hy-Vee Store (Beaconsfield, Iowa)

First Hy-Vee Store (Beaconsfield, Iowa)

The Hy-Vee supermarket chain can trace its retail roots to this nondescript brick building in the tiny community of Beaconsfield, Iowa.  Now a community building, Charles Hyde and David Vrendenburg (the namesakes for Hy-Vee) opened their first store in this building in 1930.  A plaque on the north side of the building provides visitors with a nice overview of the building’s significance.

Beaconsfield is Iowa’s smallest incorporated community, with 11 residents counted in the 2000 Census.

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