Appeal Meeting FAQ

What is the plan for Astoria Co+op’s new store? 

The co-op plans to build an 11,580 square foot building at the corner of 23rd and Marine Drive in Astoria. It will hold about 7,000 square feet of retail space that offers a full line of fresh foods – think full-service deli, an expansive organic produce section, local meat and seafood, and more. We hope to begin construction by the end of 2018 and open in 2019.  

What is happening on July 30th?

Astoria City Council is having a hearing to listen to some neighbors’ concerns regarding traffic behind their homes. We definitely want our co-op to be a positive impact on that neighborhood and we are optimistic that we can adequately address reasonable concerns.

Is the Mill Pond Home Owner’s Association (HOA) as a body appealing the co-op’s design? 

No. The appeal was filed by three individual property homeowners.

Why are attorneys involved? 

One of the individuals who owns a vacant lot next to the future new co-op has hired an attorney to present their appeal. The co-op’s developer partner thus felt obligated to retain representation to be sure we clearly demonstrate that our design meets the City’s criteria to the best possible standard.

How much will this delay our process?

Hopefully not too much. We have done our due diligence, we know this store will bring a lot of good to our community, and we appreciate everyone’s continued support!

How can I help?

Please attend the hearing at Astoria City Hall July 30th at 6 p.m. We need to show the City Council that we have huge community support and that our shoppers are ready to shop their new store without further delay.

I have more questions, who can I reach out to? 

If you have further questions please reach out to the co-op’s General Manager, Matt Stanley. He can be reached at matt@astoria.coop.

Fresh New Look

By Zetty Nemlowill/Marketing Director

In our last newsletter I told you we’d be freshening up the co-op’s look and now… it’s official (see our new logo below)! We’re making this change now so that we will be ready to start designing our new store. We’re still the same co-op you know and love; we’re just getting better at sharing our story.

To survive and thrive, especially in a larger, more visible store, we need everyone to understand what makes Astoria Co+op different and why they might want to shop here. A logo and tag line can help represent this visually.

You’ll notice the subtle name change of “Astoria Co+op” instead of “Astoria Co-op Grocery.” The shorter name looks great, is very friendly and can be paired with our tagline (good. local. food.) It is simple and easy to understand at a glance.

The plus sign aligns our brand with the Co+op, stronger together brand and highlights our cooperative ownership. This allows us to fully utilize the resources available through our membership with National Co+op Grocers—Co+op Deals flyers, coupons, bags, coffee cups, and signs—while maintaining a cohesive visual identity with materials produced in-house.

Astoria Artist Roger McKay paints the new logo on our outside wall.

I believe this change will result in an increase in efficiency, allowing us to mature into an even more competitive business, lowering operating costs while still treating our employees well.

While a new logo is an important symbol, it is our amazing staff, dedicated owners and shoppers, local farmers, delicious food, and being 100% community-owned that makes our co-op truly unique and special. Thank you for your continued support!

Disco+ver Back to School Savings

Back to school season is here and your co-op is stocked with amazing deals for every budget on products your family needs. Save big on healthy snacks, lunch box fillers, and wonderful weeknight meal essentials. Save over $55 on products like Woodstock, Clif, Annie’s and Organic Valley. You’ll also find some late-summer recipes to try!

Look for coupon books at the store entrance. We also try and provide the coupon right at the shelf near the products. Coupons are valid through August 31, 2018.

Click on the coupon book cover to see what’s inside…