F7 buys site once home to Pratt's Grocery after fire forced Shawnee nonprofit to relocate

Vicky O. Misa
The Shawnee News-Star
F7 has purchased the former Pratt's Grocery building on Main Street, in Shawnee.

F7 Work Activity Center has purchased a new site for its operations, a site on Main Street best known for housing a Pratt's Grocery store for years.

F7 Director Carol Jones said the nonprofit bought the property near the corner of Harrison and Main from Citizen Potawatomi Nation and is in the process of renovation.

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“Our hope is to move in by mid-to-late summer,” she said.

F7 has been working to get back into its own place since a fire destroyed an outbuilding and damaged large equipment at 301 S. Kennedy in June.

F7 after a fire in June 2020.

In the interim, the nonprofit has been open and working at a temporary space in town.

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In the community since 1963, F7 Adult Activity Center offers a two-fold purpose while serving the Shawnee area: offering purpose in the lives of its adult clients — those overcoming delayed or limited development — and providing a much-valued service to local businesses and residents. Through the center, employees are able to hold down paying jobs in a safe, monitored and relaxed setting. Much of what the clients do centers around recycling paper goods.

Watch for updates.

F7 has purchased the former Pratt's Grocery building on Main Street, in Shawnee.

For story ideas, questions or concerns, reporter Vicky O. Misa can be reached at vicky.misa@news-star.com.