After living in southern Iowa most of her life, Becca Bellman has been employed with Hy-Vee the past 13 years, working at the Chariton, northside Ottumwa and most recently Corydon locations. After spending just over a year as the Corydon Hy-Vee Assistant Director, Bellman was recently promoted to Store Director on Nov. 6.
Former Store Director Casey Higgins spent the last six years at the Corydon location until given the opportunity to return to the Kirksville, Mo. store to be near his family. With the Store Director position being open, Bellman knew she wanted to put in for the vacant position.
“It was a good move for Casey with his teenage son living there so it gave him the opportunity to be closer to him,” said Bellman.
“I had asked for this position as I love the area and I really love working in Corydon,” she continued. “I asked to stay to be able to lead the team. I have a passion for small towns and Corydon is such a wonderful place to be.”
Bellman noted Hy-Vee is working towards a different approach recently in trying to pair managers that wish to be in a small town in hopes to have long-term store directors.
“They want people that care about the community in these positions and in other areas outside of Corydon, it is generally used as a stepping stone position,” said Bellman. “Hy-Vee has realized it’s best to keep a store director in communities longer to have a good working relationship and that’s what they have hopefully found in me.”
“I feel like I work with all my best friends here in this store,” Bellman added. “They are wonderful people to be around and I think everyone is a piece of the puzzle and we all fit together as one team.”
With Bellman taking over the Store Director position her goal is to maintain the Corydon store, keeping it stable just as it has been.
“The reason I asked for this position is because I want to be a part of the community and I want to get to know everyone,” said Bellman. “I plan to make this my career and I want to be a part of things within the community as much as I can be.”
Bellman lives outside of Chariton with her husband Quincy who is employed with BNSF Railway. Her two stepchildren Brady, 14 and Blake, 12 attend Seymour Community School District.
There will be a reception held on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Corydon Hy-Vee from 1 until 3 p.m. Community members are invited to join for cake and have an opportunity to meet Bellman and congratulate her on her new role and she welcomes any comments or suggestions.