(GODDARD, Kan.) — For the first time in 40 years, the city of Goddard will be without a grocery store. The White's Foodliner announced it's closing because it can't compete with nearby stores.
It's a growing trend in Kansas. K-State's Rural Grocery Store Initiative says local grocery stores have a harder time staying open if they're close to big cities.
The Goddard store will stay open through the end of the month. "This is my favorite store, so what will I do," said customer Kenny Stanislaus.He and others aren't happy the store is closing. "It's a sign of the times but it's a real tragedy that the community can't support the store," said Jim Lane.
Manager Jim Phillippe agrees it's sad, but says there aren't enough people in the aisles to keep the place open. "It's hard to compete against Dillons and Wal-mart so close to the big city of Wichita," he said.