Cornhusker Economics

Community Supported Enterprises -- Preparing for the Future

The Bayard Grocery store made headline news in Nebraska the end of January with the announcement of its upcoming closure. Unfortunately, a grocery store closing is not uncommon in Nebraska or across the United States.  A North Dakota study from the state’s association of rural electric cooperatives in 2017 found that in communities with 2,100 people or fewer, there are 98 full-service grocery stores, down from 137 in 2014.  In addition, A PEW Trusts article in October 2019, further addresses the nationwide challenge of rural grocery store closures.  Challenges include decreased population, competition from superstores (i.e., Walmart), and rural food distribution.


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