Planned Dayton co-op grocery store picks site

Mar 17, 2017, 1:38pm EDT Updated Mar 17, 2017, 2:01pm

 

Organizers have a location in mind for Gem City Market, a co-op grocery store planned to bring healthy and fresh food options to northwest Dayton.

 

The grocery store, to be owned by workers and community shareholders, is proposed to be constructed in the 100 block of Salem Avenue on land just over the bridge now owned by Omega Baptist Church.

 

"It's in the food desert but there's still enough people where you can generate enough sales to actually make a grocery store that is self sustaining, not a not-for-profit that's reliant on donations but a real, self-sustaining grocery store," said Lela Klein, one of the organizers, who is with the Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative.

 

The grocery co-op steering committee of neighborhood residents and community organizers presented an update on the grocery store to a full house Thursday night at the Northwest Recreation Center.

 

The next step is to start selling shares at $100 each. The goal is to open the store sometime in 2019, with a year to raise funds and then a year of construction.  Read more

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