The Astoria Co-op’s new, expanded store opens next Wednesday, Dec 11, in the Mill Pond neighborhood of Astoria, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am.
The co-op’s newly constructed 12,000 square foot building at 2350 Marine Drive will provide four-times more space than the old store, more parking, and new amenities. Every department is expanding, with a focus on fresh and a deli which will feature a hot bar, salad bar, and made-to-order foods.
The expansion fulfills a major goal of the co-op’s five-year strategic plan. The plan, adopted by the co-op’s board of directors in 2014, included extensive outreach and reflected strong public support for expansion.
The co-op raised more than $2 million in local investments from its consumer-owners. The capital campaign was instrumental in leveraging additional financing to make the $10-million project possible.
The co-op, formerly known as “The Community Store,” opened 45 years ago at a storefront near the Columbian Café on Marine Drive in Astoria. While the co-op has grown and evolved over the years, it’s focus on natural, organic and local foods remains the same. The co-op is a community-owned grocery store and all shoppers are welcome, no membership needed.
The co-op’s current location at 1355 Exchange Street in Astoria will close after Sunday, December 8. The co-op will hold a moving sale this week, discounting groceries, in order to sell down its inventory.
The December 11 opening is considered a “soft opening.” A grand opening celebration is being planned for January.