Kiester Grocery Store May Soon Reopen

Posted at: 01/13/2013 7:57 PM
Updated at: 01/13/2013 10:42 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Residents of Kiester, Minn. and surrounding communities are greatly missing their local grocery store that closed up shop last summer.

Main Street in Kiester doesn't see much traffic on a Sunday. The local grocery store was the place to shop on a lazy afternoon, until it closed last summer.

"Will it open again, when will it open again?" asked community member Judy Meyer.

Questions no one could answer right away.

"It's an inconvenience because we have to go out of town to get our groceries, however there's people in town that don't drive - that don't have transportation - and it's more than inconvenient for them," said Don Nickel, who has lived in the community for 28 years.

"You always forget something, and when the store was here you could just run downtown and pick it up," said Meyer.

The city worked to get another company to take over, but when that didn't work, community members took it into their own hands.

"It's painful to write out a check to another town when we wish we could get the dollars in town," said Meyer.

Judy Meyer and Don Nickel are two of seven people who are working towards reopening a new community based grocery store.

"We're hoping to get funds from the community, raise support to so that we can put together a grocery store," said Nickel.

Community support has been easy to come by so far.

"We've had people come forward and say ill help with this ill help with that," said Meyer.

There's hope that this corner on Main Street won't be empty much longer.

"We want it to be a place that not only the residents of Kiester would love to shop at, but also that we would be drawing people from a broader community," said Meyer.

The project is going to need a lot of funding and they are still in the planning stages. There is no concrete date set for when the store will reopen, but they are hoping it will be this spring.