Residents trying to save two small town South Dakota grocery stores from closing

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Residents in two neighboring South Dakota cities are rushing to save the only grocery stores in their communities.

The owner of the CashSmart stores in Tripp and Tyndall is closing the stores on Jan. 31 after a continued decline in sales.

City officials and residents have been working to keep the stores open or to find a way to eventually re-open them. The next nearest supermarket for either city would be more than 10 miles away if the stores close.

The Tripp Development Corporation is looking at all options for the small community of about 640 residents.

Tyndall residents are organizing and pulling money together. A group of local investors have created the Tyndall Market LLC for purchasing and re-selling the store.