A locally-owned Kirksville grocery store is closing. Near and Far Downtown Grocery sells produce from local farmers to stock its shelves. Velda Salt opened the store with her husband after having success at the farmer’s market. But she says the college town environment, and its seasonal nature, made it tough to be profitable year-round.
“More than half of our clientele are students," said Salt. "But it’s not just the students, because when school is out the professors are gone, a lot of them. The community…overall the town decreases.”
Truman State University administrators created a coalition to find ways to adjust to budget cuts earlier this month. Now, the student member of the coalition, Ryan Nely is forming a similar coalition of all students.