Town officials say the stores were important because they offered a wide variety of items, ranging from paper clips to some grocery items.
La Crosse residents decided shortly after the closings were announced early last year to open their own store, called post Rock Variety. Five part-time employees work at the store, which has more than a dozen investors.
The Hays Daily News reports that officials in Atwood and Ness City are close to deals to bring locally-owned variety stores to their towns.
Roger Hrabe, Rooks County’s economic development director, says he is still working to find a replacement store for Plainville.