Few and Far Between
Virginia H. Harris Progressive Farmer Associate Editor
Fri Jan 23, 2015 02:08 PM CST

"As a grocery store goes in rural communities, so go other businesses," reports David Procter, director of the Kansas State University (K-State) center for engagement and community development. He's summarizing a study done by K-State's Rural Grocery Initiative that examined the economic impact of grocery stores on rural communities. In Kansas alone, the Rural Grocery Initiative found that a staggering 38% of 213 stores in towns of 2,500 or fewer residents closed between 2006 and 2009. Procter said that's a problem because those stores and markets serve purposes beyond selling milk, eggs and butter.

"They're what we call anchor businesses ...

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