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Urban Greens Food Co-op’s Cooperative Council and Site Committee will announce the future location of the Co-op’s much anticipated retail grocery store, in a celebration and informational session at the Columbus Theatre on Thursday, December 3rd. Together with the project developer, the Council and Site Committee will unveil initial plans, including preliminary building design and store layout, as well as presenting information about the Co-op’s funding structure and overall project timeline. This will be an opportunity for the Co-op’s member-owners, as well as the general public and local press, to ask questions about the future grocery store and learn about the next steps in the process to getting the doors open.
The evening will feature food, drink, music, special guests and celebration from 6:30-8:30pm, with the formal announcement, speaking program, and Q&A beginning at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is suggested.
This announcement comes after a multi-year search and planning effort by the Co-op’s Cooperative Council & Site Committee to secure a viable site for Providence’s first consumer-owned retail grocery store.
Founded by a group of residents on the west side of Providence seeking increased access to healthy foods in their neighborhood, Urban Greens Food Co-op now has 600+ member-owners, and is working to open a full-service consumer-owned grocery store in the West End of Providence, which will offer neighborhood residents, as well as consumers across the city and state, the opportunity to shop at a community-owned and invested grocery store. The innovative ownership model of a consumer co-op will ensure that local sourcing is a strong priority, and that profits stay in Rhode Island. The store will help fill a missing link in Rhode Island’s growing food economy by providing local farmers and producers a new, stable, year-round sales opportunity, and significantly increasing the consistent availability of local products to consumers. The store will provide and promote local, healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food options. The Co-op will support the local economy by creating new jobs, supporting local farmers and producers, and reinvesting its profits locally. Urban Greens Food Co-op looks forward to celebrating this milestone in its progress with the Rhode Island community!