GLENS FALLS  The newly reorganized Glens Falls Food Co-Op has leased space at Empire Theatre Plaza on South Street in downtown.

“Our objective is to be open before the first of the year,” said Rich Cirino, a co-op board member and its treasurer.

The specialty food store, located in ground floor space that had been designed for a restaurant, will sell locally grown or produced vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meats and soaps as well as bulk dry goods, nuts and raisins, said Sue Duncan, the co-op president.

Work by local artists will be displayed and sold.

“Our new location has very high walls and we want to make use of as much space as we can,” she said.

Tentative hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The store will be open to the general public, and members will receive discounts.

Memberships start at $50 annually, with special recognition for members who donate $250 or more, Duncan said.

Information about how to join will be available in a few weeks when the co-op launches a membership drive.

Area residents interested in volunteering may contact Cirino at rich.cirino@gmail.com.

“I think it’s a good project. I think they have a good idea and a good group of people, We’ll see what happens,” said developer Michael Kaidas, who owns the building.

The co-op previously was located in Moreau, but closed earlier this year and reorganized when members wanted to move it downtown.

“They really want to be in Glens Falls, and they deserve it,” Kaidas said.

EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew predicted the co-op will bring more downtown shoppers to South Street.

“I think it’s really a good fit,” Bartholomew said. “I think it adds another element in downtown.”

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