Bloomingfoods Considers Opening Fourth Location

Bloomingfoods says it is in the early stages of its proposal, but it hopes to buy a building near Fess Avenue and 2nd Street.

Bloomingfoods cooperative grocery store is considering buying and remodeling an old store on the corner of Fess Avenue and 2nd Street in Bloomington.

Bloomingoods General Manager George says the company would likely hire an additional 50 employees for the store. And he says that number does not account for the jobs that could be created through the sourcing of local products.

“We’ll be able to support more than just those jobs in that having more locations we’ll be able to support our local vendors and producers even more,” he says. “They’ll be more access to those items and we think that’s just as important as the employment end of things.”

Huntington says two of Bloomingfood’s existing locations are overcapacity and opening up a small, fourth store will provide neighborhood residents a place to buy locally grown foods without having to drive to a store.

The proposal must still be approved by several groups including the city of Bloomington. Huntington says the store could be open by the fall of 2013.

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Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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  • Megogirl

    YES YES YES, would be so nice ! I live on southside of Bloomington , just drove to Bloomingfoods  yesterday I have Celiac , great place for gluten free foods.  May even buy a membership if it’s location is closer to me.  I have current job but also may be interested in working for Bloomingfoods.

  • Justin Bell

    When will a store that’s accessible to those of us on the west side open? 

  • Justin Bell

    When will a store that’s accessible to those of us on the west side open? 

  • Kara

    Oh, I hope they do! That store used to be my great-grandparent’s grocery store, and it makes me sad every time I go past and see it all boarded up.

  • Kara

    Oh, I hope they do! That store used to be my great-grandparent’s grocery store, and it makes me sad every time I go past and see it all boarded up.

  • Jkautt

    Justin, I have worked for the co-op for almost 12 years. The way we approach new locations is to do surveys on where our shoppers are coming from currently. It’s a lengthy process. We currently have about ten thousand members, and their habits guide our future commitments to some extent. We usually hire outside consultants (for objectivity) to conduct feasibility studies, too, so we can be sure future stores will have enough business to support them. 
    Adding locations is a big commitment, and radiating from downtown out enables us to make sure we have the support network available to our member owners and employees that they will need in a new location.Interestingly, we have regular shoppers now who drive from about a one hour radius to buy what they want to eat the most. Thankfully, farmers markets are more prevalent than ever and many can fill in with fresh produce that way. 
    You are always welcome to contact me if you would like a store tour or some ideas on how to make less frequent trips into downtown make sense for your household. I would like to know also how far west you are located. 

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