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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