Food co-op's new space takes shape

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Vancouver Food Cooperative is preparing to move into a downtown store.

The co-op, which began as a dream in 2003 and formally incorporated in 2006, has been operating out of 215 W. Fourth St. It is preparing to move to a new retail space at 1002 Main St., Vancouver, by as soon as Saturday.

Volunteers opened the new location to visitors during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk. The Vancouver Food Cooperative (http://www.vancouverfood.coop) is collectively owned by close to 300 members, who buy a share of the company for $180. It sells baked goods, locally and regionally grown produce, and natural and organic dry goods. Products are available at full price to the general public, and at a 10 percent discount to co-op members.

Membership has been growing rapidly this year, and so have the number of vendors the store works with, store manager Shawn Morrill told The Columbian in August. “We’re literally adding new products and new relationships with vendors every week,” he said.