Monday, October 22, 2012
When you run out of something, like milk or fresh vegetables, a quick trip to the grocery store solves the problem. Well for the people of Oxford, a quick trip is about 12 miles.
A volunteer group made up of community members plans to bring a fully stocked super market back to Oxford.
When Michelle Moberly needs to stock her pantry, she has two choices: Wellington or Winfield. Both of the cities are more than ten miles away from her home in Oxford.
"It's what you do to live in a small town where your kids can get on a bike and you don't have to worry as much,” Moberly said.
The town hasn't had a grocery store since 2007 and Moberly says she never knew how much she relied on it until it was gone.
"It's the one egg when you’re mixing brownies because you're packing a lunch the next day,” Moberly said.
Her grocery road trips might soon be a thing of the past. After five years of working hard to bring a super market back to town, Oxford's Development Corporation says the pieces are finally, falling into place.
"We have looked at so many avenues and tried to make different things work and I think this is the time,” Development Corporation member Kaye Dee Potucek said.
The is the future home of Oxford's grocery store, the building and the property, were donated. The building used to be a lumber yard.
Now that they have a building the next step is to raise enough money for renovations, in all they'll need about 80,000 dollars. They've already raised about $25,000.
"Right now, we have people who have given us a lump sum we have some people who give us a little bit each month out of their pay check,” Potucek said.
If they can raise $25,000 more, donors have agreed to pay the rest.
Once the building is remodeled, they plan to lease it to a grocery company. Potucek says they have several interested.
The moberly family is rooting for the project. They tell us they love living in Oxford but say it'd be nice to run to the store without leaving town.
If you'd like to help oxford raise the money for their grocery store, you can make donations at the Emerald Bank in Oxford and Corner Bank of Oxford. Donations can also be made through the Legacy Regional Community Foundation. Follow the link provided for more information.