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Letter: Small grocery store would boost downtown Franklin

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Anita Sickels Ward


To the editor:

My husband and I love living in beautiful downtown Franklin. The doctor’s office, Henderson’s Pharmacy, Jeff Street Pub and other restaurants, Imagination Station, my husband’s favorite toy store (Frank’s Guitars) and many other small merchants are within easy walking distance. There is only one really important thing that it lacks: a grocery store.

When I mention the need of a grocery store, I get one of two reactions: I would definitely shop there! Or, a grocery store would not make enough money to survive.

A big store that tried to supply every need would not be practical. How about a small one that carried only local meats, dairy, produce and, maybe, bread? What if it were a co-op? What if a partnership could be developed between the co-op, Franklin College, Central 9 and the Future Farmers of America?

I believe the students would get valuable marketing, business and accounting experience. What if individuals had an opportunity to participate in the startup by paying something up front ($50?) to receive a small discount on purchases throughout the year.

If the available space was too large for the grocery products, local artisans could be offered shelf space for a few of their products. To make it an even more welcoming experience, music students could be given the opportunity to serenade shoppers.

People a lot smarter and more experienced than me could figure out how to make my dream a reality. Or, people a lot smarter and more experienced than me could explain why my dream may never be a reality.

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