Community: Mildred, Kansas
Geographical Context: Rural
Date Funded: April 2018
The Mildred Store has been in operation for over 100 years. It is one of the only buildings still standing in the unincorporated town of Mildred. This local grocery store is a landmark for the Allen County community and for its current owner, Regena Lance, who remembers visiting the store as a child. Regena and her husband, Loren, have owned the Mildred Store for almost four years and are interested in updating the longstanding store to better serve their community. The Mildred Store received a $13,300 grant and a $6,700 loan to upgrade insulation, windows, wiring, lighting and coolers to preserve the historic building, lower utility costs, and improve the overall sustainability of the store. Kansas Healthy Food Initiative funding was leveraged to secure energy efficiency funding from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). In addition to selling groceries, the Mildred Store hosts a monthly music night that attracts out-of-town visitors for an evening of festivity.
“The community is good, the community wants this store.”
– Loren Lance, Mildred Store