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Small Town Rallies to Reopen Grocery Store

Updated: 01/21/2014 6:33 PM
Created: 01/21/2014 6:29 PM KAALtv.com
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS( 00 It's been more than a year since the grocery store in Kiester closed down. Since then, the community has rallied together to bring it back.

Running to the grocery store to pick up some food is something many people take for granted. But not the residents of Kiester, at least not anymore.

"I think we were all kind of devastated. And it's one of those things, you don't know what you have until it's gone," said Linda Hill, a Kiester resident.

The town's only grocery store closed more than a year ago. But the community came together, holding meetings and using Facebook to get the word out that it wanted its store back.

"It was a community effort. It's actually a coop with several community members donating to make this happen. This is their store, so it's great," said Jim Durfee, the general manager of Kiester Market.

"I wasn't surprised. This community and this area is made up of people that are just full of giving and so I wasn't a bit of surprised that it made it without a problem," said Hill.
The Kiester Market officially reopened its doors at 8:00 Tuesday morning.

"I'd waiting and waiting and waiting and I actually was ready at 8:00 and I thought, no you're not going to be the first one at the door," said Hill.

While the ability to buy food locally will be convenient, to the people here, it's about much more.

"That's why its always been around here. And I think that's the part we missed so much, we know we can run up here for whatever and you're going to run into somebody you know," said Hill.

The hope is that, this time around that sense of community will stick around for years to come.

"Well, I hope it stays open, for as long as I'm around," said fellow resident Linda Hovland.
While the store was closed, the next closest place to buy groceries was Wells, which is fifteen miles away.



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