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East Aurora Cooperative Market has a home
East Aurora Cooperative Market has a home

On Saturday, May 10, after four years of planning and building a solid foundation, the East Aurora Cooperative Market announced its location for a permanent grocery store in the Red Brick Plaza, slated to open in spring 2015. Approximately 75 member-owners and other East Aurorans attended the announcement to celebrate this milestone.

During her remarks, Project Manager Sheila Conboy noted, "As Margaret Meade said, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.'" In addition, she said, "This site proved to be the perfect home for us, meeting the criteria of the best co-ops: it’s in a central business district, it’s the perfect size for our market area, it’s walkable, it provides plenty of parking and of course, it’s right on Main Street."

Though there are currently several tenants on the first floor of the building, the vast majority have made, or will be making, arrangements to find new space in the village. Addressing concerns for the current tenants Conboy said, "To alleviate any hardships (for the current tenants), we've been working with our landlord to help plan for relocating them into more visible locations in the village. As a proponent of local, small business, we value the important place each of these holds in our community," Conboy said. "In addition, we are committed to supporting and promoting them in every way possible before, during and after the transition."

After Conboy's presentation and unveiling of the architectural rendering, the crowd walked across the street to see the banner unfurled stating "Future home of the East Aurora Co-op" on the building

Since the site announcement event, a few members of the East Aurora community have questioned the choice of the Red Brick Plaza, specifically wondering why a non-occupied building wasn't chosen. Following is a statement from the cooperative board of directors:

  • We chose the Red Brick Plaza carefully, after four years of studying a total of six different sites. Our market studies show, and our consultants agree, that this is the ideal location for a cooperative market. In regard to taking a vacant space in the village, though there is abundant space in the Tops plaza, a “no compete” clause precludes any other grocery store from opening there. In terms of the timing, because the cooperative business model is quite different from a commercial business, and one that requires meeting numerous milestones before progressing, a month-to-month lease situation was the agreed-upon solution to enable us the flexibility to meet those milestones.


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