Community meeting tomorrow to look at bringing grocery store to Perry

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Community leaders want to know if there is enough interest to start searching for another grocery store in Perry. People in Perry have been without a local grocery store since the Thriftway at 609 Cedar St. in Perry closed back in December.

“We have obviously people who are already in habits for buying groceries and stuff elsewhere, which is part of our problem,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Wayne Ledbetter.

Ledbetter says part of Perry’s problem is that they are a “bedroom community”, which means that people commute to larger communites for work. He says it ends up being convenient for people to get groceries at larger department stores in Topeka and Lawrence rather than shopping local.

Along with low foot traffic, Ledbetter says problems at Lake Perry in recent years attributed to the Thriftway closing.

“Lake Perry is right here in the middle of our county and just north of Perry. There have been flood events and major heat and those sorts of things in the last few years and I think that’s impacted them as well,” said Ledbetter.

Ledbetter says no other grocery store has shown any interest in coming to Perry. A community meeting is being held Saturday afternoon from 2 pm to 3 pm at Perry-Lecompton High School to see if there is enough community interest to sustain a grocery store. Click here to RSVP for the meeting and talk with the group organizing the event.

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