City of St. John leaders turned dirt to start construction on the Stafford County Marketplace, a new business which will include a grocery store, fuel island and pharmacy.

An official groundbreaking ceremony for St. John’s new Stafford County Marketplace took place Monday, February 20 in St. John. Turning the first dirt with golden shovels were (from left) Alex Vosburgh, President of the Economic Development board; Dakota Tucker, Mayor of St. John; Carolyn Dunn, Stafford County Economic Development Committee chairperson; Chad Fisher, St. John National Bank President and Josh Meyer, Superintendent of USD 350 in St. John. The community hopes the grocery store, pharmacy and fuel island will be complete and ready for use by mid-September 2018. The project was made possible by a $787,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources and partnership between the Stafford County Economic Development, the City of St. John, Network Kansas, Sunflower Foundation, SJN Bank of Kansas, St. John IOOF Lodge, Golden Belt Telephone and contributions from several St. John families.