While there’s no location picked just yet, there are plenty of interesting developments happening at everyone’s favorite theoretical grocery store. At a membership meeting over the weekend, they discussed plans for the future and some interesting things happening now for the co-op and their 645 members.
So what what were the big takeaways from the membership meeting on Sunday?
1. Funding for the grocery store
The big topic for the co-op is their search for a physical location to set up shop as a grocery store. While they’ll continue to raise funds, they do have have enough money in-hand currently to help with negotiations. They also have financing from some community lenders. Once a location has been secured, they will be looking for help from the membership community in the form of member loans through crowd-funding.
2. Expanding location search perimeters
After three years of searching for a location, they’re still not ready to give up. They’ve been constantly scouting new locations and expanding their search perimeters. The co-op is now looking as far west as 23rd Street and as far south as Oregon Avenue. They’re seeking a space between 3,500 and 5,000 sq. ft.
3. Timeline for opening
Once a location is secured for the co-op, they plan to open within 8 or 10 months. This also depends on what improvements will need to be made to the space prior to opening.
4. Product preference survey
The South Philly Food Co-op wants to get an idea of what sort of products you’d like to see stocked in their grocery store once it becomes a reality. So fill out this survey to share your shopping habits with them so they can cater to your needs. You can find the survey here.
5. Garden Tour success
At this year’s garden tour they raised a total of $6,000 in cash and $6,000 in-kind. Despite not-so-great weather on the day of the tour, this event included more gardens than ever with a total of 33 stops.