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Can Rural Kansas Grocery Stores Survive?

Since the Dillons grocery store in St. John, Kansas, closed last year, residents have traveled 12 miles to Stafford or farther to supermarkets in Great Bend or Pratt for their groceries. Local officials are developing a plan to attract a new grocer to town. (Photo by Bryan Thompson, Kansas News Service)

More than 40 grocery stores in rural Kansas have closed over the last nine years. Shrinking towns have meant shrinking markets. Bryan Thompson, of the Kansas News Service, explains what it could take to bring grocery stores back.

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