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Kansas City, Kansas, Finally Gets A Downtown Grocery Store

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Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Cynthia Taylor, a stockholder in Merc Co-op, visits the grocery story Friday. She said she's already a huge fan of the store for its convenience, and she visits every week. "I think it's a great idea and great location," she said.

A local grocery store chain with a focus on reducing food insecurity opens a new location in a former food desert.

Popular Lawrence grocer The Merc Co-op recently opened its second location, this one in Kansas City, Kansas. The company adapted it's newest location to serve the local community, and offers employees a living wage and benefits.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.