This evening was the Flatbush Food Coop’s Members Only Sneak Preview event, and the new store looks amazing! (No, I did not get a blogger’s press pass… I’m a member.) It is spacious and well-stocked, with an expanded bulk foods section – including flours, grains, fair trade coffee, and herbs and spices – and deli/takeout counter. The public “soft” opening will be later this week, with an official Grand Opening on May 18th. (Expect Marty Markowitz to show up for a photo op.)
Many people do not realize that this neighborhood institution has been around for decades, as their motto “Organic Since 1976” states. It was originally 11 volunteer members operating out of a residence, then moved into a spot on Avenue H and East 16th, and for many years had been in its very cramped quarters on Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Rugby. The Coop’s new location, right across from the Q line Cortelyou subway stop, represents many months of effort on the part of staff, members, and the board. Congratulations to them and I look forward to shopping there!