South Philly Food Co-op is a community-owned grocery store 10 years in the making that is opening its doors in a few weeks! New and exciting construction updates are non stop, and it is looking more and more like a grocery store every day. Just this week alone, the walk-in cooler & freezer arrived, refrigeration was set up, lights were added, and the outdoor sign was installed.
Ten years in the making, the much anticipated South Philly Food Co-Op (SPFC) is expected to open its doors this fall. To whet your appetite for what’s to come, SPFC’s new online shop provides an opportunity to stock up on the basics—plus local produce, bread, pickles, and more.
Construction is currently wrapping-up at 2031 S. Juniper Street, close to Broad and Snyder, where the community-owned grocery store will provide South Philly residents with one-stop shopping for fresh, local, sustainable food at affordable prices. The store will be open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm.
Ten years is a long time to wait for anything, and that's how long the first member-owners of the South Philly Food Co-op have been waiting for the dream of a community-owned grocery store to become a reality.
BY ALEX JONES | 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.
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.