Woodman, Kansas (CNN) — The iconic grocery store that sold frozen pizza in the 1960s and 70s, was a fixture in Woodman County.
But in recent years, the store’s owners say the market has become increasingly unaffordable for residents and that a local developer has been pushing to demolish it.
The project has been halted by the state, which has ordered the developer to pay $1.3 million in legal fees and penalties to residents and property owners in the past year.
The project was a hit with the community, which had hoped to see a return to the grocery store as a destination.
But as the store grew, the popularity of pizza and other food products declined.
The state says the project is a “deteriorating development and the property values have declined substantially” due to the closure of the market and “a number of other unrelated factors.”
In its decision, the state said the owner of the project failed to provide adequate notice and the developer did not show adequate planning or consideration to the potential impacts to the community.
The developer has until the end of December to appeal the decision.
Woodman’s was a popular grocery store, but its closing has been particularly hard on residents and nearby residents of the small town of Woodman.
Many of them live on the western edge of town.
Woodmans closure has also been a big hit on the surrounding communities, where residents of nearby towns have lost jobs and business, according to the Woodman Community Action Agency.
Woodman is a small town with a population of about 1,500 people, and residents of neighboring Woodmans have lost homes and business to the project, the agency said.