The new Sumner Mercantile in Sam's Market building is now open. The store opened a few weeks ago offering basic grocery necessities, livestock items and a small antique area.
Owner James Erwin, a former machine salesman, saw first hand how different small communities either flourished -- or not..
"I would have a list of businesses to call on and we would call on those businesses and they weren't there anymore and then you'd go down the road a few miles there's a town the same size and they've got a coop grocery store, small restaurant, a lot of little things going on," said owner-operator James Erwin. "There was towns that were making it work and I didn't see any reason Sumner wouldn't."
Sumner Mercantile is open six days a week with hopes to add more product and more employees, and bring people into town as well.
REPORTER'S NOTES: Store hours at the Sumner Mercantile in Sam's Market Building are Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with a grand opening tentatively scheduled for the third weekend in September.
Plans are also being made to sell locally processed, USDA inspected home-raised beef and possibly pork starting next month.