Humboldt grocery store work stalls

Developers working to reopen a grocery store in Humboldt have paused their work in an effort to attract more grant funding. Our Hometown Market owners Scotty and Amy Welch are awaiting word on a grant from the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative.

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March 11, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Humboldt City Administrator Cole Herder, left provides an update to Allen County commissioners on the status of the proposed grocery store in Humboldt, Our Hometown Market. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

“The grocery store — they’ve pretty much stopped work on it,” said Cole Herder, Humboldt city administrator, during Tuesday’s meeting of Allen County Commissioners.

Herder noted that proprietors Scotty and Amy Welch had invested upwards of $20,000 of their own money in the project so far.

One factor, Herder said, was waiting to hear if funding would be available through the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative, an entity that helps, in part, rural areas retain local markets.

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