Future of Argonia Mart to be discussed

Staff report

A meeting to discuss the future of Argonia Mart will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Argonia High School library. Interested community members are invited to attend.

“We’re looking for ideas on how we can keep it open, if the community wants to support it,” said Argonia mayor Alan Brundage, who co-owns the store with three other alumni of Argonia High School. “We’re just down to a place where we need some help.”

Brundage, Jerry Kiser and their partners in the Argonia Development Company have been running Argonia Mart directly since Terry Davis gave up his lease in June due to a terminal cancer diagnosis. 

Larry and Nancy Haskins wrote to the Star-Argosy last month, urging support for Argonia Mart and noting that the store now has two trained cooks and serves breakfast and lunch.

“The atmosphere is friendly. They enjoy when you come in and see what they are serving. We feel it is some of the best food served in Sumner County ... Let’s help support our community businesses as much as we can,” they wrote.