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Rural Grocery Initiative

Due to COVID-19, Rural Grocery Initiative staff continue to work remotely. To get in touch with us, please email rgi@ksu.edu and will respond promptly to that email. 

Webinar Series

This eight-part webinar series will present the steps for completing a successful grocery business transition. In many cases, some form of community or shared ownership model provides a viable opportunity for maintaining a vibrant rural grocery store. Each webinar will explore a different topic pertinent to successful business transitions.

This series is free and open to the public. Save your spot by registering today.

Webinar Schedule
All webinars will be held on Thursdays at 1:30pm central using Zoom.
1. January 28      Grocery Business Transition Planning: An Overview 
2. February 4       Understanding Grocery Ownership Models 
3. February 11     Preparing for Business Transition 
4. February 18     Assessing Markets & Community Needs 
5. February 25     Planning your Business 
6. March 4           Funding the Transition 
7. March 11         Recruiting Store Managers 
8. March 18         Mastering Grocery Store Nuts & Bolts

Kansas Rural Grocery Survey

The Rural Grocery Initiative is conducting a research study that will survey all rural and independent grocery stores in Kansas. The purpose of this research is to gather key information on the characteristics and best practices of rural and independent grocery stores in Kansas.

Click here to learn more about completing the survey and how the survey information will be used.

For guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for retailers, click here.

Grocery Store is low Risk


Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) is a public-private partnership that aims to increase access to affordable, healthy food in low-resource and underserved communities across Kansas. The Rural Grocery Initiative serves as the Food Access Organization for this program.

This video introduces the KHFI program and explains how to apply for funding or technical assistance.

For more information about KHFI, please contact us by email at khfi@ksu.edu