A brick building that was the only grocery store in St. John sits vacant, its glass doors covered with paper since it closed early last year.
St. John is the county seat of Stafford County in south-central Kansas — but it’s home to fewer than 1,300 people.
Now, the closest grocery store is 12 miles away, in Stafford.
St. John resident Amy Collins said that means meals and shopping require more effort.
“Now when we make a trip to the grocery store we are planning four, five … six days out in advance, so you have to be much more efficient,” she said.