Community: Peabody, Kansas
Geographical Context: Rural
Date Funded: May 2019
The Peabody Market has been in operation for more than 40 years. The store offers fresh produce and freshly cut meats. The new owner of Peabody Market, Catherine Gilley, took over the store in 2018 when the previous owner wanted to close the store after a sudden death in his family. Gilley brings decades of experience in banking, finance, business management and administration. The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative provided the Peabody Market with a $331,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to help with operational costs, increasing fresh food access, and replacement of old freezers. Through this funding, the Peabody Market will continue to provide healthy food options to Peabody and Marion County.
“The store is a valuable asset to the small community of Peabody. If the store were to close, the start-up cost of a brand-new market would likely be cost prohibitive.”
– Catherine Gilley, Peabody Market