DUBUQUE, Iowa - After more than a year of fund-raising, the Dubuque Food Coop now has one thousand members. That means organizers are almost ready to get started on the final phase of the project.
The maple wood floors shine. The support beams are ready to be installed.
Coop Board Member Karla Braig said, "We have over 60 local vendors who've already given us their information that want to put stuff in the food coop for sale. "
All the market needs is that one thing that helps the world go 'round.
Braig said, "We own it, you own it and if we invest our own money in it, we want it to succeed. So we ask members to further invest from $100 to $500 to $5000. "
Braig says even though they've secured the crucial 1000 members, the coop still needs about $170,000 to get up and running. That's the money the group needs to buy and install a refrigeration system.
"Once refrigeration is ordered, it's ten to 12 weeks until we open. So it's totally driven by our investments," said Braig.
Waiting on money. Relying on time.
Saturday morning at 11:00 am organizers are celebrating their progress so far, with a membership party inside the building at the corner of 9th and Jackson Streets.