"The demographics don’t 'fit' with what market analysts identify as 'co-op shoppers,' and we feared being part of a gentrification project," Hennecke wrote. "But, as we explored this plan further, we found that many KCK community members have an awareness and a desire for a community-owned grocery store." 

Hennecke went on to say in a statement to 41 Action News that they have not signed any binding contract yet, "nor determined store design or product selection." 

"The community is in need of a grocery store, so why not partner with an organization that wants to do business in Wyandotte County?" Commissioner At-Large Tom Burroughs said. 

Burroughs says The Merc model will work well with KCK, especially with a recent push to support urban farming. 

"Wyandotte County is in need of healthy lifestyle changes and the organic process of which we can encourage local farmers to participate in a healthy environment, this is a great cornerstone for building a healthier Wyandotte County, and that's why I'm excited," Burroughs said.

A vote from the commission is expected in August.