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A few cars are parked Monday outside businesses and spaces for sale lining Main?Street in New London. The closing of The Big Store grocery three years ago has left New London, a small town of roughly 1,200 residents, without a grocery store. The town still has two convenience stores, but residents looking to do more extensive grocery shopping must travel to neighboring Spicer, or as far as Willmar or Paynesville. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

As smaller groceries disappear, New London, Minn., hopeful a store will return


Three years after the doors closed for good at New London's grocery store, local officials haven't given up hope of bringing another small sup-ermarket to town.

Within just the past few weeks, "we've had two different prospects," said Steve Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. "We're optimistic about a package being put together."

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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