The Hub City Co-op is gaining momentum and making great steps toward opening your community market!
On Thursday October 18th, the Co-op celebrated National Co-op month with several distinguished guests, Co-op owners and members of the media at an open house at the future market site at 176 North Liberty Street, Downtown Spartanburg. Several exciting announcements were made about the Co-op’s future at the event.
The Co-op announced the hiring of Spartanburg-based McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture to lead renovations on the Co-op’s building on Liberty Street. Architect Bill Joslin unveiled a series of design renderings to an enthusiastic audience. Funding for the architect was made possible in part by the Food Co-op Initiative. Stuart Reid, Executive Director for the Minnesota-based organization, was in attendance and noted, “A new co-op isn’t just about food. It will bring healthy food, good jobs and a wealth of social benefits to the community.”
The Co-op also received financial support from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), which announced a $10,500 sponsorship to fund the hiring of a store planner. Representatives from the state and federal departments of agriculture were also on hand at Thursday’s open house. Martin Eubanks, Assistant Commissioner with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, touted the Co-op as an important link between local farmers and a viable customer base. It is the support of these diverse groups with so many different interests gathering to support a healthier Spartanburg that will make this project a success.
The Hub City Co-op announced that over 700 members of the community have shown their support by purchasing an ownership. If you are not one of them, click here to join in helping to bring your community market one step closer to opening its doors!
Start-up Board Chair