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Food co-op reviewing ‘sustainable’ features for Tacoma site

Inside the site of the new Pearl Street location. An open house inside the former home of Bargain World was held Oct. 14.
Inside the site of the new Pearl Street location. An open house inside the former home of Bargain World was held Oct. 14. Courtesy

Plans are rolling along for the Tacoma site of Central Food Co-op.

An open house Oct. 14 gave residents a peek inside the site of the new store at 4502 N. Pearl St., formerly the site of Bargain World.

CEO Garland McQueen said in the co-op’s online blog that its project manager started last week and will be charge of coordinating “the contractors, fixtures, finishes, and supplies that we need to open our doors.”

The co-op said in October it is aiming for an early 2018 opening.

In addition, McQueen noted online: “We are looking at incorporating as many sustainable features into the project, such as electric car chargers, as we can.”

Solar power also is being considered, based on the response from a survey of members in the summer, but will need members’ help.

“We have priced this option out and have determined that member participation in meeting our goal for Preferred Shares will be key in our being able to add solar to the scope of our project,” McQueen wrote.

More details about the preferred shares program can be found at centralcoop.coop/page.php?PID=1057

Those interested in participating should contact Member Services Manager Aaron Waldkoetter at shares@centralcoop.coop.

The co-op also wants to make clear that anyone who joined the Tacoma Food Co-op or Central Co-op at the Sixth Avenue store before it closed is still a member, unless a refund was requested.

Those memberships will apply at the North Pearl Street store.

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell

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