South Kitchener Food Co-Op 10 Years In The Making Finally Set To Open – CBS Kitchener

kitchener (CBS) – South Kitchener is getting a food cooperative, and it was the community that organized to make that happen. It’s been 10 years.

The neighbors have invested time and money and now the community-owned grocery store is to be opened, which is mainly run by volunteers.

Storage shelves and preparation for the grand unveiling.

“We can’t wait,” said Eli Sachs.

The wait for the South Kitchener Food Co-Op has been a long one.

“Yes, 10 years! Isn’t that something? “Lori Burge, general manager of the South Kitchener Food Co-Op, said.

The idea was launched back in 2010. After years of organizing and investing in the community, there are currently 1,400 neighbors who jointly own the business, including Sachs and his family who have been in the neighborhood for about three years.

“Cooperatives are great because they support the local food scene, they support local producers. We have a huge say in where our money goes. It’s really encouraging to see that things are really taking off on the ground, ”said Sachs.

Excitement grows as community members stop by to inquire.

The cooperative is a welcome addition as it borders on what neighbors consider a food wasteland.

“To get to a grocery store, you have to walk really far, have access to a car, or use public transport. And that’s incredibly difficult in the real world of COVID, ”said Burge.

In collaboration with hundreds of local farmers and manufacturers, fresh products and meat will arrive next week, shortly before the opening.

“We will have a lot of local products that we will showcase in our store, and then of course we will have a lot of natural, organic, sustainable and fair trade products,” said Burge.

Of course, with the current social distancing mandate, only 12 customers are allowed in the store at a time.

The store was scheduled to open in May, but this was delayed due to a work stoppage. It will finally open next Wednesday at 12 noon

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