Let’s build a store!

Our vision for a bigger new grocery store is becoming reality! We’ll be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, January 18 at 11 a.m. to celebrate construction beginning. The 12,000 square foot new store at 23rd and Marine Drive in Astoria’s Mill Pond Village, a redeveloped plywood mill, will quadruple our retail space for added services and provide needed amenities such as a loading dock.

Your co-op is a consumer-owned cooperative, governed by a board of directors and staff-run. We are a full-service grocery store and deli open to the public and known for sourcing from coastal farmers and other local producers. The additional space will broaden local economic opportunities and provide the community with more fresh, healthy food including an expanded organic produce section, meat and seafood department, ready-to-eat foods with indoor-outdoor seating and ample parking.

The new store will be a half mile east from our current location at 14th and Exchange Street, which remains open through construction.

“It is so fulfilling to see this vision—one that so many of us in the community have been working on—finally become a reality. We welcome all shoppers to visit us at our current location and be a part of this exciting new chapter,” General Manager Matt Stanley said.

The new store is part of our strategic plan and has been in the works for about five years. The process included extensive public outreach and survey of our owners and broader community, reflecting resounding support for expansion.

We raised more than $1.6 million in 8-weeks from owners via preferred shares. This successful capital campaign was instrumental in leveraging additional financing. The total project cost is about $9 million dollars, with the co-op and property owner/developer splitting the cost. For those wishing to invest, there are still opportunities.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend the groundbreaking. More information about the development including construction timeline will be announced at the event. Parking is available across the street in the parking lot of the former NAPA Auto Parts. The event is rain or shine so please bring a raincoat or umbrella if needed as there will be limited tent space.

5 thoughts on “Let’s build a store!

  1. We are so proud of our little Co-op and excited for the future. This was not easy. We watched the barriers crop up at every turn and still you kept going forward.

    We look forward to more local food and a little more elbow room. A hearty congratulations from Jennifer and Holt

    • We are sad to see the tree go too, but unfortunately it was necessary and we feel the benefits to the community of an expanded co-op will offset the loss of the tree. Configuring the store in a way that meets code, neighbor’s preferences and grocery store needs was extremely challenging and there wasn’t a way to keep the tree. The tree will go to a local mill and we will seek to incorporate it into the new store.

      Not that it makes things better, but the tree was only 50 years old. We plan to plant lots of new native trees on our property.

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