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Goddard will lose its only grocery store when White's Foodliner closes this month

WICHITA — Goddard is losing its only grocery store.

White's Foodliner at 19950 W. Kellogg is closing at the end of the month.

"It's just tough for independents in this market in this day and age to be there with the big boys moving in closer and closer," says owner Pat White.

"As the Walmarts and the Dillons move closer that way, it's just taken   . . . little bites out of us," he says.

A lot of Goddard residents shop in Wichita, White says, and use his store more like a convenience store for only a few items.

"It'll probably affect, oh, Garden Plain more than anybody," White says.

A pharmacist who used to rent space from him left the store a year ago.

"That was another little bite out of us," White says.

His store has been there 11 years.

White's other four Foodliners in outlying areas will remain open.