Monday October 14, 2013
A Wichita home grown business of 42 years announcing it's going out of business.
'Food For Thought' store, specializing in organic and health foods in general is now offering mark downs in prices to clear shelves of products.
Store owner Melinda Foley says her parents opened the business in 1971 a block west of the current location. She said back then people figured you were either a hippie or a bit of a nut if you were in the natural food lifestyle.
Foley tells KAKE news, "Our sales aren't as strong as they used to be."
She attributes the lower sales to growing competition from big box chain stores selling similar products. Foley says an independent store like hers doesn't have the purchasing power a chain store does.
Foley says the competition in Wichita is growing saying, "The writing's on the wall. There's another natural foods big box market coming this spring."
Customers coming to the east Wichita store Monday were stunned to see the signs on the doors announcing the pending closing.
Pam Hanson says, "You don't realize how much you depend upon the things you buy here until you find out they're not going to be here anymore. That's sad."
Foley says the store is marking down products 20% for quick sales with the plan to close the store yet this month.