(MINNEOLA, Kan.) — A trip to the market no longer means a drive out of town for residents of the southwest Kansas town of Minneola.
After two years without a grocery store, Minneola's 740 residents came together to open a new Home Town Market. Residents set-up a board and corporation, and sold about 4,000 shares in the community-owned store for $50 apiece. The store opened March 7.
In addition to the essentials like milk, eggs and meat, the store even has a deli counter and a gathering place for community members. City leaders hope it brings new life to their small town.
"I believe it will do a lot of things because now we can employ people here who were not employed. I just think it kind of regenerates the vibe in the community," said one resident.