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By Scott Canon
Kansas City Star 

Kansas small-town grocery stores fight to stay open


August 11, 2017

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — A slight echo carries your footfalls as you walk the aisles of what used to be Moon's grocery store.

Some dry goods remain on the shelves, but most are bare. The coolers stand empty. No cars in the parking lot.

The last grocery store, the final place with a produce section for a city of 4,000, is no more. And may never be again.

"We're an endangered species," said Mike Moon, who ran the store for a quarter century. "It's a scary situation."

The troubles of running a small-town shop only grew direr when the Wal-Mart 7 miles away in Paola grew to include a full-blown...

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