Seward Co-op is building a second store -- the Friendship store -- in the Bryant/Central neighborhood at the corner of 38th St. and 3rd Ave. The co-op also has leased the Creamery building at Franklin and 26th avenues, which will be redeveloped to accommodate a food production facility and cafe on the first floor and additional office space on the second floor.
In late June 2013, we announced our proposed second store’s site across the street from the Sabathani Community Center at East 38th Street and Clinton Avenue South. This decision was the outcome of conversations that the board, management and staff have had over the past three years. We are very excited about the prospect of this new store. We see this as a great opportunity to bring people together to improve access by sharing what we have with our neighbors.
As you drive down Franklin Avenue, you may have noticed some construction occurring at the building on the corner of 26th and Franklin. We are in the midst of remodeling the Co-op Creamery building in order to house the co-op’s offices on the second floor and to build a food production facility that will serve both the Franklin and Friendship stores. We also intend to open a cafe on the first floor. We hope to complete this project by summer 2015.