A new food co-op might soon land in Scott’s Addition.
The Richmond Food Cooperative, an upstart member-owned grocery store, kicked off a fundraising campaign last week in a first step toward a potential fall opening.
About 60 people have joined, said Susan Hill, a co-founder and member of the co-op’s board of directors. She said they need 800 members to launch the co-op, but there’s no limit on the number of people who can join.
“This isn’t a new concept, but we thought it was something that Richmond really needed,” Hill said.
For a $125 membership fee and a $25 joining fee, anyone can buy an ownership stake in the co-op. A membership gets you a discount on groceries and a say in what the store stocks. The store is open to the public.
“We want to be a full-service, one-stop shop for the community,” Hill said. “So we’ll have local produce and everything you would need for the home as well.”
The board hasn’t settled on a location. Hill said they are looking for between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet in Scott’s Addition.