WICHITA — More than four decades after opening, Food For Thought is closing.
“It probably should have been done before now,” owner Melinda Foley says. “The competition in town is just getting tougher and tougher.”
Foley says her store is Wichita’s only full-service independent natural foods market left in the area.
She says big-box competitors are an issue. The Natural Grocers chain opened in 2011.
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“We kind of started seeing our numbers slip then,” Foley says. “And Bread and Circus is looming next year.”
That’s the Whole Foods chain that’s opening at the Waterfront.
“We are in a location where not as many people are shopping in this area as used to be,” Foley says.
The store has been at 2929 E. Central for the last 20 of its 42 years in business.
“It’s time for us to go out gracefully.”
The store has started a liquidation sale. Foley expects to close within a month.
“There’s going to be some awesome people out there looking for employment,” she says.
Foley says she didn’t try to sell the store.
“We just felt like it was time to just let it go,” she says. “We have so enjoyed serving this community, and we have made so many friends with our customers. That’s going to be really sad to let go.”