University of Minnesota Extension: Rural Minnesota grocery stores facing intense competition, other survival challenges

EXCERPT: “Grocery stores are anchors in rural Minnesota, contributing to food access, community life and overall health. But in dozens of communities across the state, residents could face losing their local grocery in the next five years if store owners’ concerns are realized. Those concerns are among the findings of a new study by University of Minnesota Extension, examining groceries in towns with less than 2,500 residents. Key findings also pinpointed the impact of dollar stores in towns where they cut into grocers’ bottom lines, heightening worries about reliable access to fresh produce.” FULL STORY: