Friendship Store

Seward Co-op is building a new full-service grocery store at the former site of the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, on the corner of 38th Street and 3rd Avenue. We are calling it the “Friendship site” in acknowledgment of the site’s history and the relationships we hope to build going forward.

Please continue to visit this page for news and updated plans for the proposed store.

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  • Project Hiring

    The co-op has requested that our general contractor, Watson-Forsberg, their co-contractor Tri-Construction, and all subcontractors make every effort to hire a construction workforce that reflects the neighborhoods around the Friendship store. We are using several metrics which mirror the goals requirements of projects which are...

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  • Project Update

    There is tremendous progress to report. Over the past several months the project has received zoning and land use approvals, as well as all of the permits required to build the new store. And recently, the project financing was completed, which allowed the co-op to...

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  • Friendship Groundbreaking!

    On Saturday, July 12, Seward Co-op broke ground on its future Friendship store site at 38th St. and 3rd Ave. in Minneapolis. Hundreds of people of all ages from the surrounding neighborhoods were on hand to listen to an array of speakers and take part in a ceremonial ground breaking. Video by Chris Bohnhoff.

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  • Seward Co-op Friendship Store – Construction Jobs Information Meeting

    Construction on the new Seward Co-op Friendship store will be starting soon. Anyone who is interested in learning about the construction project, and the requirements and qualifications needed for construction employment, is invited to attend this information meeting.

    When: August 12, 2014, at 3 p.m.

    Where: Sabathani Community Center, 310...

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  • Councilperson Glidden to Speak at Seward Groundbreaking

    On Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Seward Community Co-operative will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new South Minneapolis store, to be located at the corner of 38th Street and 3rd Avenue. The special event will include notable guest speakers, live music, and, of course, delicious food for attendees.

    “We’re excited to celebrate this milestone....

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  • Community Meeting Q&A

    On March 18, 2014 from 6–8 p.m., Seward Co-op convened a community meeting to discuss the new Friendship Store. The meeting, held at Sabathani Community Center, was designed and facilitated by Yvonne Cheek of Millennium Consulting Group. The community had the opportunity to submit questions to Seward Co-op covering a range of topics. Seward Co-op management and staff collected these...

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  • Community Meeting Report

    On March 18, 2014 from 6–8 p.m., the Seward Co-op convened a community meeting to discuss the new Friendship Store. The meeting, held at Sabathani Community Center, was designed and facilitated by Yvonne Cheek of Millennium Consulting Group. The agenda for the meeting was shaped by interviews with community residents and by a planning committee of the Seward Co-op. Approximately 100...

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  • Community Meeting at Sabathani

    We invite you to join us for a community meeting on Tuesday, March 18, from 6–8 p.m. in the gymnasium (2nd floor) of the Sabathani Community Center.

    At this meeting, we will continue to discuss ways in which we can work together to build a grocery store that best serves our community. We would like to hear your ideas on such topics as how we can use the community classroom, what...

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  • Signatures From Property Owners Acquired

    We are happy to announce that we have the required signatures from property owners needed to move forward with a second store at 38th St. and 3rd Ave. This exciting development has been in the works since the last community meeting, hosted by the Friendship Site project task force* on Nov. 6, 2013.

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  • Architect's Proposed Site Plan Presentation

    The Bryant & Central Neighborhoods’ Friendship Project Task Force will be hosting a community meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sabathani Community Center Auditorium. During the meeting, LHB Architects will present the proposed site plan and building elevation concept drawings for Seward Co-op's second store....

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  • Friendship Store Project Update

    Since announcing the project in June, we have spoken with area neighbors, organizations, and businesses to learn more about the community and begin developing partnerships for the future. These conversations have informed the design process. In the past weeks we have been working with our design team and city planning staff to prepare the preliminary “site use” plan.

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  • Seward Co-op Gardens

    Landscape plantings at the Friendship store will be designed in the same style as the Franklin store.

  • Welcome LaDonna Sanders-Redmond


    The co-op welcomes LaDonna Sanders-Redmond as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Friendship site. LaDonna comes to the co-op with a wealth of experience in building fair food systems and food access for communities. She staffed the food and justice program at...

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  • Sabathani July 9 Meeting

    Thank you everyone who submitted comments and questions during the meeting at the Sabathani Community Center on July 9, 2013. We have categorized the questions into several broad topics, as many of the questions are similar in nature. We have done our best to provide a comprehensive response to each category of questions and comments that we received. Read through the questions and our...

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  • Letter from the General Manager

    Since our relocation in January 2009, Seward Co-op has had tremendous success. Our growth has put the co-op in a very good position that affords us the opportunity to build for the future and serve more people in our community.

    Over the past three years, the board, management and staff have had discussions about what our co-op will do next. We held focus groups with members and...

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