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Morrisville Food Co-op Breaks Ground

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2016-05-12

Congratulations MOCO (Morrisville Co-op) on kicking off their building renovation project. In 2011, VCRD facilitated a Community Visit process in Morrisville that built a local task force to "Develop a Morrisville Coop." We are SO excited to see this vision become a reality - what a shining example of community dedication, leadership, and hard work!

As seen in vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2016/05/12/morrisville-food-co-op-breaks-ground/

MORRISVILLE, Vermont, May 11, 2016 — Morrisville Food Co-op, known to locals as MoCo, broke ground this week on the renovation of its storefront with plans to complete interior work in time for a fall 2016 opening. Several dozen members gathered at the ceremonial groundbreaking before heavy machinery began ripping up old asphalt.

Among those present at the groundbreaking were Elmore residents Bob and Susan Titterton who purchased the downtown building and are financing its sale to the co-op. They are also covering a significant portion of the costs to build a new façade and entrance to the building.

Originally a furniture store, the building has housed an array of businesses over the years including a state unemployment office. The village location will herald the return, after 30 years, of a full service grocery store to the downtown.

Bob Titterton said, “This is the best use of the building and the best spot for the co-op in the village with the municipal parking lot directly across the street.”

The idea for a food co-op arose from a series of community meetings facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development in 2011. Five years later, VCRD’s Executive Director, Paul Costello says he is “very excited about the project. It could transform that downtown and was a priority out of the Morrisville Community Visit.”

The planned store will be large enough to accommodate dry grocery, meat, produce, frozen food, dairy, a deli, a grab & go section, and a café‐style seating area. The store will actively seek out relationships with local farmers and producers to highlight a selection of natural, organic, and locally‐produced food and products.

Board Treasurer Nancy Banks points out, “This is truly a community effort with professional services being donated by a number of co-op member-owners, including a local architect, engineer, stone mason, sign maker and trash service owner.”

The façade renovation coincides with a capital campaign, which will raise needed funds largely through member loans to complete the interior work, hire a general manager, and stock the shelves. It is up to the member-owners to get the project across the finish line.

Town Planner, Todd Thomas sums it up by saying, “I cannot wait to have a food co-op in downtown Morrisville. If you have not joined MoCo yet, now is the time!”