says it doesn't
have room to sell Landmarks;
go to KCL Express instead
Sorry folks, but the big guy who manages
the Casey's General Store in Platte City says he doesn't
have the shelf room anymore to sell copies of The Landmark.
Store manager Ronand why do I get
the feeling there's more (perhaps politics? perhaps 'friendship'
with a Landmark competitor?) to the story than
Ron is telling mehas made the decision to carry
the St. Joseph News Press on his rack instead of your
local Landmark. He claims the home office now limits
him to just 3 newspapers on the shelf, and he just gets
too many requests for that St. Joe paper.
Hmm. A local paper operated and read by
folks who have repeatedly purchased gasoline and other
convenience items at Ron's little store over the years
gets pushed off the shelf by a decision to carry a daily
paper from 40 miles away, a daily paper that contains
very little information readers can't get in the KC Star,
which is also carried inside Ron's store. Nothing like
building local partnerships, huh?
All I can tell you is that since we started
selling Landmark's at Caseys a few months ago,
sales have steadily increased each week at the location.
Maybe now you can understand that I have my doubts that
Ron is shooting me straight on this one when he says he
can justify carrying the News-Press over The Landmark.
But hey, let's don't get mad. We've been
down this censorship road before. Remember several years
ago when the county commission got ticked off about my
editorials and took the legal notice bid away from The
Landmark? I want to thank them for that. It was the
stimulus that has led to us becoming Platte County's fastest
growing paid circulation newspaper the past four years
Readers who used to grab a copy of the
print version of The Landmark at Casey's need to simply
make the short drive across the bridge from Casey's to
the clean, professionally run KCL Express convenience
store in Tracy. And hey, while you're there, be sure to
fill your tank with KCL's superior quality gasoline and
buy as many convenience items as you like without having
to fight your way through a crowd of chain-smoking, tobacco-chewing
loafers hanging out in the store.
Meanwhile, the local Casey's store, under
the fearless and intelligent leadership of the big guy
named Ron, I'm sure will continue to make a boatload of
money selling those St. Joseph papers like hot cakes.