Date: April 2nd
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Place: 4145 Apple Street, Cincinnati OH 45223
This meeting is open to the public, ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend. At the meeting you will hear and see exactly where we are in the process of opening the store and our plans for the interim.
Across the United States there are about 300 cooperatively owned storefronts and almost 100 of them have opened in the last ten years, many of them in communities similar to Northside. It typically takes 3 to 5 years to open a cooperatively owned grocery store and virtually all such efforts in the last decade have encountered a “groan zone” where new challenges arose that lengthened the timeline for opening the store. Certainly, every food cooperative I’ve worked for has gone through a phase in opening their stores where they ran into setbacks. Our date to open may have been pushed out, but please don’t be discouraged.
We are at the two-year mark in our efforts and with the help of many tireless volunteers we’ve worked to address some new challenges. Some of our efforts over the past several months include working closely with our funders and finding new potential funders to close the funding gap and commissioning a new market study to confirm our sales projections. These sales projections will also help us make better informed decisions on important details such as: the size of the sales floor, how extensive the deli should be, and what kind of sales growth to expect. We are also working with our General Contractor to complete the bidding process with the hopes of reducing build-out expenses, and working with the property owner to find ways to reduce the overall project costs. At the same time your fellow community owners and allied organizations have been applying for grants and planning fundraising events.
There is much more to tell you about how we are progressing towards opening Apple Street Market, not least of which is our timeline. I strongly encourage everyone reading this post to attend our Community Owners Meeting on April 2nd from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at 4145 Apple Street.
See you at the meeting!
Apple Street Market General Manager