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Grocery lockers open in rural Iowa – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-06-08 19:03:57 –

Shelby, Iowa (KMTV)-Local cities in Iowa face challenges. A local grocery store is closed, and one grocery store owner is opening a refrigerated food locker in an attempt to get rid of it.

Food is now readily available in the towns of Walnut and Shelby. That is to use a refrigerated food locker that has just been taken out of the box.

“These rocker devices have been in use for perhaps 10 years in the United States and even longer abroad,” said Theo Ramsey, co-owner of the Ramsey market.

Ramsey is the owner of a Lenox grocery store that seeks to preserve the countryside of Iowa.

“Flexibility is our head. We know this isn’t the answer for the next 20 years, but we’ll keep evolving as much as we can,” Ramsey said.

The mechanism is as follows. People can use lockers by ordering online through the Ramsey Market. The groceries are delivered to the locker, the shopper receives a notification that the delivery is ready and receives the code for the assigned locker.

“This is great for the concept of aging. It’s also available for people who aren’t good at traveling and don’t want to travel far. You don’t have to move or leave your hometown,” says Liesl Seabert. Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Seabert says creativity and innovation are needed to find a solution to the survival of the American countryside.

“I think it’s a community-by-community community,” Seabert said. “The more examples we have to share, the more the community has control over their destiny.”

Lockers are part of a pilot program funded through the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Rural Initiative Program.



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