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Of course, times have changed. But there used to be a grocery store in downtown Lawrence. It was 'Rusty"s (Springer) IGA Superett". Oh did I mention that was fifty plus years ago? There also used to be a Krogers on Massachusetts in the 800 block on the east side. They built a new store on the corner of Ninth & New Hampshire. Rusty Built a new IGA store at the north end of the "Bridge". It was caught in the flood of 1951. He rebuilt and stayed for many more years. Seemingly, no grocery store has been able to "make a go of it" in downtown Lawrence. I do not know why. Perhaps it was motor vehicle traffic, perhaps it was a lack of repeat business. I really don't know the reasons, but if a new grocery retailer buys the necessary land and establishes a business, I'll bet that it won't last. I'll bet the taxpayers in Lawrence/Douglas County will not want to subsidize it (which the "City Fathers" have in mind). The majority of the college students, I don't feel, will travel to downtown to buy groceries. I feel that they will continue to shop at the edge of town closer to the university.....Oh, don't you longtime citizens of Lawrence know that the city of Lawrence is a wholely owned and operated subsiderary of Kansas University?? If the university suddenly close, it would go the way of any city that has lost a military installation, or other major employer Many, many years to recover w/o the jobs & money provided by that institution.
I am sure it will be a great addition to downtown. I can't wait.
The key word here is "grocery store". Not "specialty shop" or "indoor market". Not "New York Style" or "Vegetarian".
GROCERY STORE. With space, specials, and some parking.
If that's what you mean, then I change my vote to yes.
An emphatic yes if you mean Trader Joe's.
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