There’s nothing we love more than connecting with our owners and our community, as well as sharing about our progress. With that in mind, we thought we’d share the answers to some of our most frequently asked site-related questions.
Do we have a site for the store, yet?
That’s the million dollar question, it seems! We are asked this question a lot, and it’s understandable. Our owners, our prospective owners, and many in our community are anxious for the store to open. We can guarantee you that no one is more ready for the store to open than us! However, the answer is no — we do not have a location, yet.
Why not? We reached 500 owners!
We absolutely did reach the milestone of 500 owners, and that’s no small feat! However, the 500 owner mark is just a mile marker on a much larger journey. Every cooperative grocery store sets ownership goals in their development. It’s part of the process. In fact, we’ll likely be setting our next ownership goal in the near future.
Why does the site search seem so challenging?
Current options are slim and the cost of real estate in this area continues to climb. We also have a very specific list of requirements. Finding the perfect location takes a great deal of time, research and patience.
What are you looking for in a site?
There are many factors that go into selecting a site that is suitable for the co-op to lease. Some of the most important are:
- approximately 10,000 square feet
- loading area/access for trucks
- visibility and accessibility from main traffic routes
- adequate number of parking spaces
- ability to up-fit and meet regulations for a café
We hope this sheds a little light on what we’ve been working on, as well as what is involved in our site selection process. We are so grateful to you, our owners and community, for your faith and support as we work toward our goal of opening The Community Market’s doors!