FORT SCOTT, Ks. – The new grocery store in downtown Fort Scott is in an effort to help residents get the food they need.
Bourbon County is ranked 4th worst in the state of Kansas for food insecurity.
The grocery store will be in the old Kress Building on Main Street and will have locally grown produce, a salad bar and a grocery store.
The store will partner with the Southeast Kansas Community Health Center to provide storage for their food delivery service.
City leaders say increased residential housing, a lack of food supplies for residents of West of Highway 69, and partnership opportunities to support local produce and other small businesses make this a big investment for the city center.
Jody Hoener, Director of Economics, Bourbon County, said, “Because it’s not a hunger issue. That’s access to food. So, some of the things that affect access to food are work, your poverty status, transportation, and of course also the physical location where you can get your food. We have a wonderful partnership in the stage of development right now, which will enable this facility here, this grocery store, to fulfill public purposes. “
Prior to the opening of the grocery store, a collaborative local community resource agency will open the B-WERC Center, or the Bourbon County Workforce and Entrepreneurship Resource Center. The shop is expected to be completed by the end of December.
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