EAU CLAIRE, WISC – Just Local Food Cooperative has served the community for 13 Years, offering nutritious and sustainable food and home products to the Chippewa Valley through numerous partnerships with local farmers,
ethically sourced vendors, and community owners. Since opening in 2004, the co-op has worked continually to expand its offerings to better serve customers and owners, which has led to exceeding the boundaries of an ideal
shopping experience within the confines of their limited space at their current location.
The co-op currently operates a 2,000-square foot (1,200 retail square feet) store located at the corner of South Farwell and Washington Street in Downtown Eau Claire and is owned by 921 members. Because the co-op is owned by the community and not by an individual, they can focus more on their customer’s needs, rather than on the profits.
With the growing demand for healthier, environmentally friendly grocery products, the co-op has been working on the logistical aspects of expansion, including what it would mean for its members and the surrounding community. “Just Local Food Co-op has been working hard over the last several years to position itself for this next step in our journey to meet the increased demands of our shoppers, as well as providing the opportunity to expand our community of members,” stated Maria Bamonti, Just Local Food Co-op General Manager. “Due to the size and lack
of space in our current store, we know expanding to a new, larger location will provide us the ability to meet those demands, but we’ll need the support of our community to help get us there.”
To kick off their expansion plans, the co-op is hosting an in-store donation drive. Beginning Wednesday, December 20, patrons may donate $1 to the Let’s Grow Together campaign to show their support for the Just Local Food Co-op Expansion initiatives coming in 2018.
“We are aware of the numerous grocery options our members have throughout the Chippewa Valley, so when our community members select Just Local Food Co-op as a source for their needs, we want to make sure we do our part in return by providing the best shopping experience possible. After years of exploring our options, we feel we are finally at a point where we can make a move to meet the increasing demands of our shoppers,” stated Rachel Hart-Brinson, Just Local Food Co-op President.
As we head into 2018, Just Local Food Co-op will begin sharing more details on their expansion plans.