MOREAU -- The Glens Falls Food Co-op, a concept in the works since the summer, has located free space in which to set up shop and anticipates a February opening.

Matt Funicello, owner of Rock Hill Bakehouse, has donated 600 square feet of retail space at his bakery on Route 9 in Moreau for the co-op's use.

He and other organizers have sold 40 memberships and are aiming for another 20 to provide sufficient capital to purchase inventory, display coolers and to open the store.

According to Funicello, the group would like a downtown Glens Falls location with more visibility but felt it important to start up without financial obligations.

"As a group, we debated for a long time and decided we wanted to start debt-free," he said.

Co-ops are collectively owned grocery stores that make natural foods more affordable for members. Often, members are asked to volunteer some time at the store. Initially, though, Funicello said his employees will staff the operation, as the building already has a small bread and pastry retail shop for walk-in customers. Co-op members may be asked to volunteer their time at other local arts organizations instead.

The Glens Falls Co-op plans to stock bulk grains, meats, produce and dry goods.

For more information, find "Glens Falls Co-op" on Facebook, or contact Ben Lapham at 791-7082 or at blapham@gmail.com.

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