Common Ground Food Co-op to open location in Champaign

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Common Ground Food Co-op, located in downtown Urbana, has announced that it is moving forward on lease negotiations for a second store to open by the summer of 2015 in Champaign.

The exact location hasn’t been released, but according to a press release, the co-op hopes to have a lease and be able to announce the location to its 5,300 owners at their fall owners’ meeting Sept. 20.

“I am excited to have found that CGFC is ready fiscally and internally to finally build the Champaign store that our owners have been asking for since we moved to Lincoln Square in 2008, and that the market studies show there is ample demand for the local farm foods and organic foods we bring to the community to support it,” said CGFC General Manager Jacqueline Hannah.

The Champaign location will be similar in size to the Urbana location. According to the press release, it will have a full service deli, salad bar, large local and organic produce section, and community classroom; however, Hannah said she will be looking for other new features as well.

“We definitely want to take our environmental stewardship to the next level with this new location and are actively researching what might be possible,” she said.

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