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Columbus Food Co-Op’s Future In Doubt

Mike Johnston speaks before a crowd of nearly 100 at the Columbus Food Co-Op’s Progress Meeting. (Brock Turner, WTIU/WFIU News)

The future of the Columbus Food Co-Op lies in the hands of its members.

Nearly 100 people attended a meeting last night…. Board President Mike Johnston outlined two options for members to consider: trim back plans for their retail store or scrap the plans altogether and cease to exist.

The original retail store had a price tag of $2.2 million. Johnston hopes to trim the final facility’s cost to about $800,000.

The co-op didn’t raise enough money through donations and corporate donations and Johnston says staying on the current course is unsustainable.

“What we hope to do is to have a financially successful grocery store that focuses highly on locally grown products…local produce, local meats, as well as products from other places,” says Johnston.

The co-op will host a pair of meetings to allow community members to give feedback.  Members will get to vote on how they want to move forward.

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