Since late 2009 Pilot Grove has been without a grocery store, forcing its residents to travel either to Boonville or Sedalia for their groceries.
A new grocery store is looking likely to join the Pilot Grove scene once again. The topic of discussion at the Wednesday night Pilot Grove City Council meeting was focused on the possible grocery store.
Area resident Laurie Beach intends to sell a lot to be used for the project, which calls for local contractors to build the store. The proposed plans call for a small grocery store (60x70 foot) building.
The store operators will be Paula and Cody Tyler from Concordia who will bring their experience of owning two grocery stores already in Waverly and Knob Noster. The plan also calls for a 10 year lease term, six part-time positions and strong support to community businesses, organizations and events.
The Tylers plan to offer a variety of items found in a traditional grocery establishment. Items include grocery, dairy, frozen foods, meat, produce, beer and liquor and movie rental. In addition to the traditional grocery items the store will also include a deli, which will offer shaved deli meats by the pound, made to order sandwiches, breakfast and a light lunch. The Tylers answered questions throughout the meeting and talked about their business methods.
"The benefits of having a grocery store in a small town go beyond providing a service and convenience to the public. The store means more than just ready access to food; it provides jobs and generates tax revenue that supports the community. Having a grocery store also helps attract new residents to a town. A grocery store makes a community a more attractive place to live," Tyler said. "A big part of our philosophy is to be strong supporters of the communities in which we have a presence. We work with the business, schools, churches, and organizations in the community."
While this meeting was to update the community on the progress, more talks are being planned to address any issues that may arise.
"I do feel that it is important to keep the community up to date on the committee's progress and allow them an opportunity to offer their assistance. We are also fortunate that the Tyler's have been such good partners in all of this, and I hope that we can move forward fairly quickly so they can expand their grocery businesses and become part of the Pilot Grove community," Beach said.
Beach was very excited about these developments.
"The community has the opportunity to have a community store again, and it will take the communities' support, to make it happen and succeed." Beach said. "The grocery store will be such a great asset for the community."