South Philly Food Co-op Is One Step Closer to Opening

BY   |  JULY 12, 2017 AT 12:45 PM

They’re raising startup funds and have hired an architect and project manager.

The South Philadelphia Food Co-op — a member-owned retail grocery store and community hub in East Passyunk — has been in the works since 2010.

While there’s no projected opening date yet, the co-op kicked off a $1 million capital campaign to fund the store’s completion and startup costs back in May. And today, they announced that they’re already a third of the way to their goal. 

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How South Philly Food Co-op used grassroots organizing to attract over 600 members

By Maggie Heffernan / CONTRIBUTOR   Dec. 16, 2016

The cooperative recently announced its permanent location and is set to open next year.

Opening up a grocery cooperative can be an arduous process. But thanks to a dedicated board of directors, South Philly Co-op has amassed over 600 member-households since forming in 2010.

And that’s all without a physical store.

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South Philadelphia: Residents Plan to Build Community-Owned Grocery Store

By Andrea Jordan and Samantha Byles  April 21, 2013

Some South Philadelphia residents look forward to having their own neighborhood-owned grocery store within the next year.

Alison Fritz, a Passyunk Square resident, is the President of South Philly Food Co-op, a group of local residents preparing to open a locally owned and resourced grocery store for the neighborhood.

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New Philly Food Co-ops Searching For Place



Two new food cooperatives—the South Philly Food Co-op and the Kensington Community Food Co-op—are at the crucial stage of selecting storefront locations. In both cases, the process may put two critical co-op goals at odds: the business need for grocery store scale and the community desire for a central location.

Moreover, given the unique dynamics of a cooperative—it must secure enough member-investors before even considering a retail location—the search process can be long and complicated.

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South Philly Food Co-op Embarks on Big Membership Push


For a neighborhood long defined by its relationship to food -- whether though the legendary Italian Market, restaurant-driven East Passyunk Avenue or the generations of immigrants who have opened red sauce joints, pho shops and taquerias -- a food co-op seems like a no-brainer.

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