- Associated Press - Friday, October 6, 2017

ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) - A small Kansas town’s effort to replace its lone grocery store is getting a big boost from the federal government.

A $780,000 Community Economic Development Grant will pay about a quarter of the cost of bringing a new grocery store, pharmacy and gas station to St. John, a town of about 1,300 people in Stafford County.

The Hutchinson News reports the award makes officials hopeful they could break ground on the $3 million project this year.

The Stafford County Economic Development agency decided to build the grocery, which will include fuel pumps and a pharmacy, after St. John lost its only grocery last year. It will provide fresh food and about 30 jobs.

The plan is to lease the grocery to Kingman-based White’s Foodliner, which will stock and operate it.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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