Russell native Rose Kline is the new store director of the Hy-Vee Food Store in Chariton. Kline took over as store director on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and has worked at the Chariton Hy-Vee twice before including as the manager of perishables since 2016.
Kline replaces the former store director, Kyle Greenleaf, an Iowa City native who left to take a position as director of the Cedar Rapids #4 Hy-Vee store. This is the first time Kline has served as director of a Hy-Vee store. She has worked for Hy-Vee for 20 years overall.
“I’m excited about being the new store director here because this is home to me. It’s my home store,” Kline said.
Kline plans to be the store director in Chariton for a long time and said no new additions are planned for the store at this time. She also spoke very highly of the Chariton Hy-Vee store and its employees.
“I think I have the world’s best employees. For a small town store, we carry a wide variety of products and we try to carry what our customers want. I look forward to working with the customers and serving the community,” Kline said.
Kline grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1978. She began working at Hy-Vee in Chariton while still in high school in 1977 as a part-time checker/stocker.
Kline transferred to the Omaha #4 Hy-Vee store in 1998 as a full-time Italian manager and became assistant director of perishables there in 2001. She moved to Osceola in 2004 to be the assistant director of store operations for the Hy-Vee there and returned to Chariton in 2007 to be the assistant director of store operations for Hy-Vee and she served in this position from 2007-13.
Kline worked under two store directors including Dwight Hoch and Tim Michael while she was assistant director in Chariton. Michael, who is from Chariton, was the last Lucas County native to be hired as the Chariton Hy-Vee store director.
In 2013 Kline moved to the Burlington #2 Hy-Vee store where she filled the roles of assistant director of store operations and perishables. She was there until she moved back to Chariton in 2016 to become the assistant director of perishables.
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