Wellington in danger of becoming food desert

6:45 PM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
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That would make Wellington the second largest town in Colorado without a grocery store, according to data from 9NEWS' partners at the Coloradoan.

"Everybody I know is real upset about it," Laura Jorgenson, who was shopping with her daughter at Main Street Market on Monday, said.

A spokeswoman for Panhandle Co-op, which runs Wellington's Main Street Market, said "nothing has been decided," though an earlier news release in March indicated the store would close in March because it wasn't making enough money.

Recently, banners advertising the store's closing were taken down.

"They're now re-stocking the store, and we're not sure to what level," William Schneider, who heads Wellington's Chamber of Commerce, said. "When we heard they were going to be pulling out of Wellington we were surprised."

Since that announcement, Schneider and others have been banding together in town and online to plead Main Street to stay.

"We put out petitions, and we've had over 2,000 families commit to them in a way they've never committed to a grocery store before," Schneider said.

The store's closing could mean more than 40 jobs lost, according to Schneider.

It also means longer commutes for so many who rely upon the Wellington grocery store.

"We really need this grocery store to stay here. It's major," Jorgenson said.

Panhandle Co-op says they are now in a "holding pattern," since there seems to be interest from another store in taking over the existing property.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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