Food Co-op Set to Open in Dubuque

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

Developers John and Mary Gronan talk about their renovation projects in and around Dubuque, Iowa, during a ground breaking ceremony for the Caradco Building project in the city's historic Millwork District Friday, October 14, 2011. The Caradco building is one of the first to begin renovating former industrial warehouse space into retail, commercial, and living space. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Jeremy Portje)

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DUBUQUE, Iowa — A new grocery store filled with locally grown, organic food is set to open in Dubuque this fall. It will be called the Dubuque Food Co-op. Directors expect the store to be similar to the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City. The building will be located in the heart of Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District, in the old CARADCO building.

“It will be owned and governed solely by the members so all of the products,” said Dubuque Food Co-op Board Member Mary Mood. ”All of the business practices and the operations are all governed by the values and needs of members who are also owners.”

A newly developed board of directors is presenting its business plan to city leaders and potential member investors. The board already has about 50 members committed and are hoping to secure a total of 1,000 members in the next month.

The Dubuque Food Co-op board is holding a public information meeting on Friday February 24th at 6:30 p.m. That’s in the lobby of the Rosheck building.

Building renovations are scheduled to begin in early April. The planned food co-op could open as early as October 1,2012 and will be the first of its kind in Dubuque.

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