Rural grocery stores face unique challenges. These Success Stories showcase creative ways that rural grocers have addressed them.
Bluestem Mercantile: Leon, Kansas
A school-run store is not something you find in every small town, but it was the right fit in Leon, Kansas. The Bluestem Mercantile succeeds because of its ability to see educational opportunities everywhere. They’ve taken advantage of the flexibility that can exist in small towns, and they are now a model for other schools that may want to take on similar projects. Read more about this store here.
Chapman Food Mart: Chapman, Kansas
Garden of Eden: Little River, Kansas
The city of Little River and the Garden of Eden grocery store have a unique partnership that ensures buy-in from the city and owners that Little River will always have a grocery store. Read on to learn more about their success story here.
Hired Man's Grocery & Grill, Inc.: Conway Springs, Kansas
After Conway Springs lost their only grocery store, the Osner family decided to take action and open Hired Man's Grocery Store and Grill, Inc. Read on to learn more about their success story here.
The Mildred Store: Mildred, Kansas
The Mildred Store is located in a more than 100 year-old building that is one of the last remaining buildings from the height of the town's beginnings. Read more about their success story here.
St. Paul Supermarket: St. Paul, Kansas
When the schools in St. Paul, KS were temporarily closed, the city rallied around bring a grocery store back to their community. Partners throughout the community worked to build, open and operate a local grocery store for their community. Read more about this store here.
White's Foodliner: St. John, Kansas
After the Dillon's grocery store closed in St. John, Kansas, it took many puzzle pieces coming together and the determination of a few key individuals for a new store to open in October 2018. Read more about this story here.