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David Procter, Speaker

Professor of Communication Studies at Kansas State University

The Rural Grocery Store: Innovative Community Builder

Independently owned grocery stories 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. 

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