St. John — 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.