The state’s largest grocery store chain is asking stores to not display or sell a controversial magazine. Hy-Vee issued the request for the August issue of Rolling Stone Magazine that features Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.
The issue has stirred controversy nationwide, as many say it glorifies the man who is accused of killing four people and injuring hundreds of others. Hy-Vee issued a statement saying the chain “listens to our customers and takes their, needs, wishes and viewpoints into account when deciding what products and services we will offer in our stores.”
The statement goes on to say Hy-Vee heard from many customers who were “offended or angered by the cover photo,” and they decided to ask stores to not sell or display the magazine. A spokesperson for the company says the statement is the only comment they’ll make on the issue.
Hy-Vee has 124 stores in Iowa, and 233 total.