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Success Stories

Chapman Food Mart: Chapman, Kansas

Picking the right team, working with local partners, and making good first impressions has led to success for Chapman Food Mart.  Read more about their success story here.

A view of the front of Chapman Food Mart in Chapman, Kansas    Doug Thompson, owner of Chapman Food Mart stands in his store.

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 Hired Man's Grocery & Grill staff stand in front of the grocery store in Conway Springs, KS.   The produce section in Hired Man's Grocery & Grill.

Garden of Eden: Little River, Kansas

The city and grocery store in Little River have a unique partnership that ensures Little River will always have a grocery store.  Read on to learn more about their success story here.

Debra and Dave Nelson stand inside their grocery store, Garden of Eden in Little River, KS.   Dave Nelson at the butcher counter at Garden of Eden.

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.

Loren and Regena Vance stand in their grocery store in Mildred, Kansas.  The sign hanging outside of the Mildred Grocery Store.

 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.

Ribbon Cutting of White's Foodliner in St. John, KS   White's Foodliner Produce Section


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.

The St. Paul Supermarket.   Aisle in St. Paul Supermarket