Over 2,600 Grocery Store Support Signatures Gathered
KSAL Staff - Thu 04:40 PM 02/14/2013
Organizers of an effort to attract a grocery store to north Salina gathered over 2,600 names on a petition.
According to the Salina organization North Salina Community Development, 2,639 signatures were collected in a 2 week pledge drive effort to show that there is support for an East Iron neighborhood grocery store. That figure includes 300 people who signed petitions in a 45 minute rally in the parking lot of the former East Iron Dillon’s on January 23rd.
A Facebook page, “Grocery Store on East Iron,” dedicated to the cause reached 6,143 persons and had 153 likes in the same time frame. The former Dillon’s store was the only grocery store north of Crawford, serving the north side of Salina.
Organizers Jon Blanchard and Greg Stephens started the effort to demonstrate the large grass roots support and interest for a future potential grocery store at the same location.
Comments ranged from accessibility needs that would be served for the sizable population of elderly or disabled residents nearby and the convenience of a neighborhood store that would be near downtown employees. Surprisingly, many people said they would change their shopping habits to support a smaller, independent grocery store.
A final pledge drive wrap-up event is in the planning stages.