Grocery Store Committee Update #caironebraska #ruralgrocerystore

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The Village of Cairo was contacted by representatives of Bosselman Pump & Pantry as a result of articles published detailing Cairo’s drive to develop grocery options in the community.  The committee recently met with Bosselman representatives and discussed the results of the survey.

Pump & Pantry has envisioned future stores termed “Generation 3” stores, that might provide fresh produce, canned items, a full kitchen for quick, easy meals, and grocery items.  Bosselman informed the grocery store committee of their plans to remodel the Pump & Pantry’s existing location in Cairo to create the Generation 3 concept.  Concepts include made to order pizza, rotisserie chicken meals, specialty sandwiches, hamburgers, take-home meal platters, a limited selection of fresh produce, meats, grocery staples, and more.  A secondary entrance in the rear of the building is planned, as well as changing the hours of the store to 24 hours. Discussions are also in the works for the adding of a national quick serve concept at the location.

The committee conveyed the needs of the community by providing input detailed in the comments section of the survey.  The committee also shared concerns the community had related to parking and easier access to the entrance for our senior citizens.

The committee will continue to maintain an open line of communication with Bosselman Pump & Pantry regarding services that fit the needs of the community determined by the survey, and Pump & Pantry will continue to keep the committee informed of their plans.

Forming Grocery Store Steering Committee

grocery store sterring commiteeThe Mayor’s Steering committee met with Jim Crandell from UNL to review strategies used to develop Grocery stores in rural communities.

Key issues to move the project forward include the development of a Grocery Store steering committee.  This committee will meet weekly to access the needs of the community and create a strong business plan to push the project forward.  The committee will research all aspects of business development including finance, physical structure, marketing, legal issues, inventory development and employment.  If you have a strong desire to see change in the community through development of this store please contact the Village Office to volunteer steering committee or provide insight on individual issues involved with the development.

Steering Committee Meeting to Discuss Grocery Store Development

Cairo Community grocery store

The community survey conducted in 2012 listed development of a community grocery store a priority. Over the last few months community members have been meeting, touring comparable grocery stores and discussing the feasibility of opening a new grocery store. The Village of Cairo has dedicated the property directly East of the Village office as a location for the possible development of a Grocery Store.

The Mayor’s Steering committee will be meeting with Jim Crandall, Cooperative Business Development Specialist from UNL, on October 28th at 5:30 at the Fire Hall to build an action plan for exploring the development of a community grocery store.