The Urban Greens Co-Op Market began in 2000 as a buying club with the purpose of providing the original 22 members with access to healthy foods at near wholesale rates. Just look at it now. This place is beautiful. I can’t wait to go shopping.
Join the founders and their 1300 members as they celebrate with a Grand Opening Celebration. Live music, samples, and specials will begin with a ribbon cutting at 8am. According to the ProJo:
At 8,000-square feet, the market is large enough to provide full-service shopping, but is smaller than most chain stores. The product mix, which includes a range of grocery and prepared items, is about 70 percent local or organic and 30 percent conventional.Meeting the needs of the area’s diverse population has also been a key consideration in the development of the market.
Anyone can shop here but co-op members will enjoy certain privileges and perhaps future dividends.
I wasn’t too surprised to see Philip Trevvett, vice chair of the Urban Greens council, still bustling about this evening when I poked my head in. He waved quickly and grabbed a basket; he was finally getting to his own shopping. Big congratulations to Phil and the founding members who have worked so hard to make this happen. Their years of hard work are finally coming to fruition.
Open daily 8am to 8pm, Urban Greens Co-Op Market, 93 Cranston Street, (directions)