Butler County’s last small grocery store faces uncertain future

This quiet town nestled inside the triangle between Wichita, Newton and El Dorado is struggling to keep its grocery store.

Wilbur’s Market has been in business for 24 years, but a Kansas Department of Transportation road project on K-196 threatens its survival. The project to build three new bridges over Diamond Creek, Whitewater River and Dry Creek began in February. It is expected to be completed by late November, depending on weather.

But that may not be soon enough.

“We’re down over 20 percent in business over a year ago,” says owner Will Carpenter of Towanda.

(Read more: Wichita Eagle)