TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Central Co-op announced it has signed a lease for its new Tacoma store, bringing a grocery store back to Tacoma’s West End Neighborhood at North Pearl and 46th Street.
The Co-op expects renovations of the space to be complete by the end of the year. Since the closure of the previous Tacoma store on July 18, 2016, the Co-op has been in search of a location to serve their Tacoma members and community and ensure that the Co-op can build a long-term Tacoma presence.
“Our new location in Tacoma will allow us to bring a full grocery experience, with a focus on local, organic products, great wages and strong co-op values to our community and neighbors,” McQueen said. “The site has ample parking and enough space for us to have a large fresh deli and a community room, features our members have told us are especially desired.”
The Co-op’s new site at 4502 North Pearl Street, currently a Bargain World, was originally home to a grocery store.
“We are excited to plant our roots in the West End – especially so close to the ferry landing and the landmark of Point Defiance Park,” McQueen said. “We are looking forward to returning service to our existing south sound members and particularly excited to get to know our new neighbors.”
The new store will emphasize fresh foods with a large produce department, a meat and seafood counter, and an in-house deli with many items made from scratch. There will also be a complete bulk section with grains, oils, vinegars, honey, herbs and spices, dried goods and more. In addition to these offerings and a normal selection of grocery items, members and customers will also find an extensive health and wellness section. The new location will also allow the Co-op space for a sizeable community room for Co-op events and workshops and a deli seating area. As opening day approaches, Central Co-op expects to be hiring for at least 35 positions.
Central Co-op is committed to being accessible to everyone, seven days a week. Through the Co+op Basics program the Co-op offers more than 250 quality products at especially low prices every day, and the Healthy Community Program offers a 10 percent discount twice a week to those receiving government assistance.
“We are delighted that Central Co-op will be moving into our north Pearl property, which held our family owned grocery business for many years, as it returns the building to its original function,” said property owner Jeff Hogan. “The fact that Central Co-op is community-owned, a progressive employer, and focuses so much on locally-produced products makes them a great partner and fit in our community.”
About Central Co-op
Founded on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in 1978, Central Co-op is a community-owned natural foods cooperative. A complete grocery store dedicated to sustainable practices and the Washington food economy, Central Co-op features organic produce, humanely raised meat and wild seafood, a large selection of bulk goods and herbs, an extensive health and wellness section and unique gifts. Through their Co-op Basics program, the Co-op offers over 250 everyday items at especially low prices, and offers 10% off to those receiving government assistance twice a week, through their Healthy Community Program. Central Co-op follows a solidarity model with both worker and consumer ownership. Open to everyone, seven days a week, Central Co-op has more than 14,500 active owners, and in January of 2015 became the first grocery store in the nation to pay better than $15/hour at entry level with full benefits for full time workers. More information is available at www.centralcoop.coop.