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Woodhull, IL Native Hoping To Open A Grocery Store

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It's something Woodhull hasn't seen in a long time. Though the town is surrounded by farm land and crops there isn't a place to buy fresh produce. 

But it's the dream of a local woman who is trying to bring back local, healthy foods to the town with full support from the Woodhull community. 

Lorraine Anderson has lived in Woodhull for 52 years and lives across the street for the proposed location for a new full-fledged grocery story.

"The town needs something very, very bad," said Anderson. "I mean the town has died since I've been here and I think this will help the town and more people would probably come to town to see the store and to go to the store and I think that would be very interesting to have new people come around."

Only about 800 people live in Woodhull, where the closest thing to a grocery store in their town is a convenience store. 

Lorraine drives 25 minutes to Galesburg to get staple items like fresh fruits and vegetables. 

One Woodhull native hopes to change that. 

"I started thinking about, what would I want in this store, why would I want this? And when I was back last August, I realized that I still really wanted to do this, that it was ridiculous that there wasn't a beautiful, vibrant little grocery there," said organizer for the new grocery store Stephanie Liljedahl Freeman.

Stephanie lives in California now, not planning to come back to Woodhull, but she couldn't shake the idea of opening a grocery store in her hometown. 

"I think this is what happens to a lot of our smaller towns where they only have access to the convenience foods," said Freeman. "They're not fresh foods, they're not great for you. It's not good for overall health."

Her vision is a simple one. She's working on getting local farmers to stock the shelves of the grocery store that would become "The Butter Churn".

"Selling all of the staples that you could possibly need," said Freeman. "Selling flour instead of cake mix. The eggs, the diary, the bread all of those things."

She raised just over $12,000 for the cause on IndieGoGo.com which will be used to help open the store. 

Stephanie freeman hopes to have "The Butter Churn" open sometime this summer. 


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