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Organic grocery coming to 12th and Dickinson?

We’ve gotten word that an organic grocery store is coming to the acute corner of 12th and Dickinson that’s been vacant about a year.

It used to house a no-named coffee house that was known mostly for attracting any number of nationalities that watched soccer games on the projection screen. It was also the best damn $1.50 cappuccino that we ever had.

Future site of organic delectables

We don’t have too much information yet about the new spot, other than that the owner plans an organic grocer that will sell vegetables from nearby farms, according to the listing agent. Of course, there will be more than that, and we’ll let you know as soon as the owner gets back to us.

Meanwhile, all that sidewalk construction in front of the shop is another rain garden brought to you by the Philadelphia Water Department.


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11 Responses to Organic grocery coming to 12th and Dickinson?

  1. Bri January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Awesome! Hopefully it’s not as expensive as Green Aisle Grocery….4 items for $50+ :/

  2. anonymous January 31, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    This news is AAAAAWE-SOME!!!! The rain garden at that corner has been a huge pain in the butt for some time, but if we get an organic, locally sourced produce spot in exchange, then I’m wiling to put up with nuisance. Please be sure to keep us posted once you have more info. (This isn’t the S Philly Food Co-Op spot, is it?)

    • David G January 31, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Definitely not. They’re still a while away from getting a location.

    • Albert Stumm January 31, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      No, they need about 3,000 square feet. This isn’t half that

  3. David G January 31, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    That’s great news.

  4. Dan January 31, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Hopefully they hit that sweet spot of better than Acme and cheaper than Green Aisle.

  5. SH January 31, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    ha, I think that place used to be mob run.

  6. allison January 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    holy shit, you just made my day. i live across the street. i do miss pasquale (the previous owner/coffee shop) though!

  7. Meg January 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Another grocery? I frequent Green Aisle and I think they do a solid job of providing local produce, dairy, meats, etc. Yeah some things are a little pricey, but you have to pay for a quality and it’s a reinvestment into the local economy. That space could be better served as a to-go Indian or ramen spot.

    • Bri February 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Totally agree about paying for quality and I tend to be wholly satisfied with anything I buy from Green Aisle, but $3 for an heirloom tomato? There needs to be a place that, like Dan above says, is better quality than acme but more affordable than Green Aisle. I’d rather spend steady money on decently priced quality foods than a lot of money once in awhile as a treat.

  8. South Philly Food Co-op January 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Awesome news! From the Co-op’s perspective we welcome any market entrant who seeks to promote and sell organic foods. The more people from the neighborhood learn about this and see it as an alternative to the conventional produce offered at the local corporate-owned establishments, the more overall demand will increase. This takes a lot of the burden of educating people about the benefit of organic and/or locally sourced, responsibly raised and sustainably produced foods off of us and allows us to focus on how important a community-owned and community-controlled, full-service grocery store will be to the local economy and to building community in general.

    Of course now we want to make a pitch to anyone who has not become a member to climb on board. We’re at nearly 340 member-owner households and have gotten 3 more just this week (including one at our sold-out Co-op Speaker Series event last night). 400 is a huge goal for us because we’ll be able to finish the process of finding a location and start the process of financing for that fitting it out. Just check out our website for details.

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