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The Rural Grocery Store: Innovative Community Builder

Date and Time: March 11, 2021, 7:00 PM CT

Location: Hesston Public Library, 300 N Main St, PO Box 640, Hesston
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Independently owned grocery stores are vital to the health of our rural communities. These small businesses contribute to local economies, provide the largest quantity and greatest variety of food options, and act as social gathering places. Yet, keeping a store open is a challenge. Since 2008, 105 rural stores have closed in Kansas. Still, many remain open and are building on local history and culture to remain vibrant. This presentation discusses the challenges of the grocery store business, explores success stories, and considers how rural grocery stores build and strengthen community. Presented by David Procter.

This presentation is part of Humanities Kansas's Crossroads: Change in Rural America Initiative.

Sponsored by: Hesston Public Library

For more information about this event, please contact:
Emily Miller
(620) 327-4666


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