Chariton Leader, March 11, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor
Minnesota native Phil Hammermeister is the new store director of the Hy-Vee Food Store in Chariton. Hammermeister started as the new store director March 3rd and has been with Hy-Vee for 13 years. It's his first job as a store director for Hy-Vee and he is very much looking forward to being part of the Chariton community. He replaces former store director, Tim Michael, who is now the store director for the Hy-Vee in Albia.
Hammermeister, 29, found out about the opening in Chariton internally through Hy-Vee's web site. Before coming to Chariton, he was with Hy-Vee in Winona, Minn., for 10 years where he served as manager of general merchandise most recently.
Hammermeister started at Hy-Vee in Austin, Minn., where he was 16 and was there about two and half years. He began as a front-end courtesy clerk there and then worked as a clerk and in stocking positions in various departments. His last position in Austin was as shift manager.
Hammermeister is currently renting a place in Lucas until his wife, Jana and two children, get down to Lucas County. They have plans to purchase a home in Chariton as soon as possible. He and Jana will have been married for eight years this April and have three year old twins including a boy, Maxtyn and a girl, Molly. Jana currently works at the Hy-Vee in Winona and is planning to find a job with Hy-Vee somewhere in the area down here.
While growing up, Hammermeister attended Southland Schools in rural Mower County. He graduated from Southland Schools in 2003. While working at Hy-Vee, he also attended Riverland Community College in Austin for a year and a half. He then began working full-time at Hy-Vee and pursued that as his career. He has completed his Hy-Vee operation degree.