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Food co-op sets sights on Scott’s Addition

Lena Price February 2, 2013 4
Richmond Food Cooperative co-founders Michele Lord, left, and Susan Hill. (Courtesy of RFC)

Richmond Food Cooperative co-founders Michele Lord, left, and Susan Hill. (Courtesy of Danny Spry Photography)

A new food co-op might soon land in Scott’s Addition.

The Richmond Food Cooperative, an upstart member-owned grocery store, kicked off a fundraising campaign last week in a first step toward a potential fall opening.

Richmond Food Cooperative logoAbout 60 people have joined, said Susan Hill, a co-founder and member of the co-op’s board of directors. She said they need 800 members to launch the co-op, but there’s no limit on the number of people who can join.

“This isn’t a new concept, but we thought it was something that Richmond really needed,” Hill said.

For a $125 membership fee and a $25 joining fee, anyone can buy an ownership stake in the co-op. A membership gets you a discount on groceries and a say in what the store stocks. The store is open to the public.

“We want to be a full-service, one-stop shop for the community,” Hill said. “So we’ll have local produce and everything you would need for the home as well.”

The board hasn’t settled on a location. Hill said they are looking for between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet in Scott’s Addition.

“The bottom line will be to provide people with fresh and sustainable foods,” Hill said. “We’re planning to operate as close to cost as possible.”

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4 Comments »

  1. John Burns February 4, 2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Good Morning Michele and Susan!
    I would like to talk to you about some Services
    that Alsco can provide your New Venture.

  2. Mike February 4, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

    It is wonderful to see the actual and anticipated growth in Scotts Addition! When we built The Lofts at 1723 http://www.1723lofts.com a few years back, we had only Baker Atrium Lofts across the street. Now, Mr. Salomonsky and others are building coffee shops, restaurants, craft beer stores, gyms and apartments. We’re proud to see and be a part of the renaissance of this great area.

  3. mike February 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait! Hope this co-op turns out to be something like this: http://chathammarketplace.coop/ I will join immediately. It’s called the Chatham Marketplace and is phenomenally successful. Richmond is ready for this and can easily support it.

  4. Joe February 7, 2013 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Why not open this downtown on broad or grace?

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