FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 6th, 2019
The food “deserts” in North Dakota led Senator Jim Dotzenrod (D-Wyndmere) to introduce a study of the transportation and distribution of food throughout the state. Legislators will look at this during the interim; but – unfortunately – since the House initially heard his resolution in March, five more of the remaining 104 rural grocery stores have closed or indicated their intention to close.
“Having a stable grocery store helps attract new residents to a town, especially if you have a large family to feed. However, these stores struggle with competition from chain stores as well as a shrinking customer base,” said Alison Jones, Communication Director for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. “Hopefully the study introduced by Senator Dotzenrod will provide valuable insight into how North Dakota can address this issue.”