We are more than delighted to bring the Moscow Food Co-op's mission to students on the University of Idaho campus, and we hope you stop in soon!
It probably won't surprise you to know just how many of the people that live in Moscow are students. We have found that there are not a lot of options for natural foods on campus. We think that providing an option for some of the best coffee, tastiest pastries, and most delicious sandwiches in a location that is easier for our on campus customers to get to is going to be well received.
The Board of Directors, General Manager, and internal staff trained for months to prepare for growth. We consulted with experts, attended conferences, took webinars, participated in calls, and much more to inform ourselves.
As you may have heard, the Center has launched a GoFund me campaign with the intention of sing that money to help make a habitable space for us in their building. The money will be used to put in a new kitchen, install an ADA compliant bathroom, renovate an office, and create some retail space that we could inhabit.
Why open in the Christian Center?
When looking for spaces to rent on or near campus, there are few locations available that are privately owned and available for rent. When the Center approached us about the possibility of renting the space, we took our time to get to know their board. In that time, we found that although the name Christian may be in their name, the center was home to events of many faiths and open to any and all members of the UI community, regardless of religious affiliation. In short, this is a great location on campus with neighbors that we feel great about renting from. The Co-op continues to be open to all and inclusive to all and has found the Center willing to do the same.
Isn't the Co-op already conveniently located near to campus?
Yes and no. While catching a free bus ride to the co-op to make a larger shopping trip may not be a hassle, you definitely are not going to be able to pop to the co-op for a coffee and sandwich when buses only run every 30 minutes. We are hoping that avoiding the hassle of downtown will help UI students and staff choose the campus location as a great place to grab fair trade coffee and a delicious sandwich more often.
When is this location supposed to open?
We are aiming to open before school starts back up, but this will depend on a variety of factors. We will let you know when we have a more solid date.
If you wish to contribute to the remodel of the Center, you can visit the link below.
As you may have noticed, we were on top of the fold on December 26th. Though the news is not anything groundbreaking (pun intended), some of you may be wondering what it really means. Are we committed to opening a Pullman store? Absolutely. As soon as we can do it in a sustainable way. When we launched our expansion investigation, we proposed an 18-24 month timeline until the doors opened on the Pullman store. We may have been a little ambitious, as this is the first time we have taken on a project of this magnitude. Our board and staff have been hard at work getting our co-op ready to expand. This means little things like figuring out how paper gets from one place to another and big things like getting our bylaws updated and finding a location. Throw in estimated construction of 12-16 months on any location that we might choose, and you've got a recipe to blow right past that original timeline.
So what does this really mean, how long until doors are open on a Pullman Co-op?
That part is a little bit tricky. We are continuing to work on all the things big and small that we feel are key to opening in a sustainable way. Once we get all of those things done, we still have to find the right location. While we don't have a definite answer, we grow closer every day. We are excited to grow and support the Moscow and Pullman community by providing good food, great community, and supporting the local economy. We look forward to delivering another groundbreaking front page headline as soon as we can. In the meantime, thank you for being a part of what makes our co-op great!
Where the heck is that Pullman store?
It's been a while since we have given our Co-op owners an update on our plans to open a store in Pullman. The big questions we hear about expansion are when and where? While we can't answer those questions right now, we do want you to know that we have been working diligently on this project. Specifically, we have been investigating potential locations for their suitability. Ideally, we are looking for a space that's large enough to grow into, as well as a parking lot that can accommodate more shoppers. We have also been working hard to make sure that our internal systems are ready to take on the complexities of an additional store. It is safe to say at this point that our original timeline for opening a Pullman store has shifted. We want to make sure that opening a new location in Pullman is a sustainable decision in the interest of all of our owners and employees.
How about that Campus location I heard about?
You may have heard we are planning to open a location on the UI campus located on the corner of Elm and University (The Center). While we were working on the design phase of this project, we learned that meeting the Health Department's sink requirements, plus having enough space to offer your favorite products into 260 square feet, was going to be a tight fit. Because we're working so closely with The Center to bring good food to campus, they are working with us to develop a slightly larger footprint than we started out with—something that accommodates both of our needs. We know that this project is worth doing and worth doing correctly, so hang in there as we work with The Center to create the best campus store we can!