The real-estate committee that’s searching for a site for the impending South Philly Food Co-op has seen more than 15 locations.
And no, they won’t tell anyone where they’re looking.
“Mentioning any specific spot puts us at risk for powering up the rumor mill,” the co-op said in a blog post on its website. “Before we know it, dozens of people will think we’ve found a location and may even join the Co-op because of that spot. That would put us in the very awkward position of having to explain to someone that, in fact, the place they thought we would be opening was just one of many sites considered by the Real Estate Committee. One-way train to disappointmentville!”
The co-op took to its website to explain its process after a lot of members raised questions about the location at the last membership meeting. They also released a form they use on site inspections, which enumerates a two-phase process for evaluating each site. Items on the checklist include obvious things like square footage and rent, plus other items like access to transit or parking and ceiling height, flooring materials and age of mechanicals.
They also noted that if you have a suggestion, question or idea for the co-op, you should email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The co-op says they’re on track with their original timeline, which pegged opening for mid to late 2014, so a site could be selected in a matter of months.
So, any ideas where they should look/open?