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FRONT PAGE  |  4/21/2021
SATURDAY, NOV 9, 2019  |  10 comments
Grocery Stores Hard to Find in Rural America
Farm towns like Winchester that produce beef, corn and greens to feed the world are becoming America’s unlikeliest food deserts as traditional grocery stores are forced out of business by fewer shoppers and competition from dollar-store chains. Their exodus has left rural towns worried about how they can hold on to families, businesses and their future if there is nowhere to buy even a banana.

“It’s the story of every small town,” Mr. Coonrod, 35, said. “It’s a domino effect, and it starts with the grocery store.” ...


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John UK  Find all comments by John UK
Amishchristian wrote:
Our challenge is to get people to change their shopping habits. People like our plain appearance and simplicity, also no tobacco or liquor sold.
I love the whole idea of plainness of appearance and simplicity of lifestyle, seeing there a biblical Christianity. So I am always interested in what you post, and I wish you well in your venture.
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News Item11/9/19 3:38 PM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
Amishchristian wrote:
It’s Saturday morning and I’m about to head over to our new store next to our house.

So far my experience with our store has been that local people are glad to to see a store nearby again so they don’t have to travel so far anymore. They have showered us with praise and words of thanks. Believe it or not we have customers coming from 50 or more miles away to shop here.

Thank you for taking time to speak about your store.

Sam Walton thrived on the concept of lower margins increased profits by selling more at a lower price. Lower margins could be had by getting better deals than the competition by buying in bulk on a large scale which is why so many vendors have offices in Arkansas. All about price.

Stores like yours will thrive on the experience of exceptional customer service and the niche of a country store culture people enjoy that these big box retailers can't do like you can, which I'd say is why people are willing to drive 50 miles
to your store.

I know you do not post much but I enjoy reading your posts when you do.

May God continue to bless you and your family.

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News Item11/9/19 2:52 PM
terry  Find all comments by terry
Lots of grocery stores in my small town. This article is more fake news from the fake news media.
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News Item11/9/19 1:48 PM
Douglas Fir | Land of Pleasant Living  Find all comments by Douglas Fir
Why would NY Times have this story--they don't have any readers out there in 'fly over country' nor do their editors have any respect for them. But it could be another way to blame President Trump for something, and they will always carry that.
A previous comment reminded me of 'farmer's markets' which you won't find so often in urban areas.
The article does remind me of the old saying that farmers get wholesale for their production, but have to pay retail for all their inputs--fertilizer, equipment, etc.
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News Item11/9/19 12:51 PM
Uncle Sam | North Central Texas  Find all comments by Uncle Sam
Wally had it correct, he wanted a store in every town in the USA. He died, however, his kin have not the same dream.
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News Item11/9/19 11:41 AM
Amishchristian | Mid-West  Contact via emailFind all comments by Amishchristian
It’s Saturday morning and I’m about to head over to our new store next to our house. We’ve been in business for ten months now out here in rural mid west America. We are a small store outside of town, but on a busy road. I felt like I must respond to this article.
We sell primarily food products. We buy in bulk and repackage into smaller bags and containers. The advantage with that is hopefully a better price and better quality. We also sell bread, milk, eggs, handcrafted items, soap, supplements, deli meat and cheese. In the summer we sell outdoor furniture made locally.
So far my experience with our store has been that local people are glad to to see a store nearby again so they don’t have to travel so far anymore. They have showered us with praise and words of thanks. Believe it or not we have customers coming from 50 or more miles away to shop here.
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News Item11/9/19 11:41 AM
Amishchristian | Mid-West  Contact via emailFind all comments by Amishchristian
Our challenge is to get people to change their shopping habits. People like our plain appearance and simplicity, also no tobacco or liquor sold. My concern is that after the novelty of our store wears off people will return to their old buying habits. We simply can’t compete price wise with Walmart or the dollar stores. Some people will drive all the way to town to save a little on bread and milk or whatever. I can’t blame them, we all like to save where we can.
Right now my thought is that the big stores rule the market because of all the little choices people make everyday to want the best price in the most convenient way. So because of that the big stores filled that desire. Now that most of the little stores are gone people are sorry about it, but it still doesn’t mean they will support a new little store that dares to beat the odds.
I should add that we had a small store in Pennsylvania that did well enough. Stores like ours are much more common there than here. But even there we felt the difference when a big new store opened near us. Please keep supporting the little stores if you don’t want see them disappear entirely.
I wrote this on my handy phone, please excuse any mistakes. Thank you.
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News Item11/9/19 10:45 AM
Wayfarer pilgrim | Lubbock, Tx  Find all comments by Wayfarer pilgrim
We have a “ local” United store full of everything from sword fish to home roasted coffee beans- we support this store more than anything- HEB is coming to Lubbock, but is a Southeast Texas affiliate.
But if you live in Roaring Springs, Texas- you’ll have to go to Dickens to buy toilet paper, and motor oil, otherwise you’ll be driving 74 miles to Lubbock to load up. Rural grocery stores prices are as rarer than the last Allsups Fried Burrito sold. Indigestible but curiosity tasty.
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News Item11/9/19 9:34 AM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
I really don't like the way things are going. I'm just being honest, I will be very glad to leave this horrible "world" which I am exhorted not to love.

1 John 2:15-17 KJV
(15)  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(16)  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
(17)  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

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News Item11/9/19 2:25 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Have noted that Walmart has a grocery store option they have dropped into certain places where they feel they can compete well with other stores.

But one cannot just open up a store front. There is a logistics chain that brings the banana to small town America. That supply chain has to be established.

But just judging from the delivery trucks and boxes on doorsteps in our community, it seems like there is quite a bit that flows through online shopping. So while dollar stores may take a chunk of business, so does Amazon and Chewy.

The Lord knows and is doing something with trend. Just don't ask me what that is.

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